As a company, our most important asset is our drivers. As a driver, your most important tool is your truck. And one of a truck’s most important parts, the part in contact with the road, is the tires. As a company and as a driver, it behooves us to take care of our trucks. A recent modification I made to my truck is the addition of a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
I recently replaced the Michelins on my truck. A set of four cost me $3,000 installed. I needed eight. All in, I was at $6,000. The TPMS system I installed was only $600. Only 1/10 the price of a new set of tires, a no-brainer investment in my livelihood.
There can be 5 lb maximum difference between tire pressures on a dual setup. Any more and this can drastically increase wear and tear on your tires, reducing their effective lifespan. We did the math in the last paragraph. If I get 1/10 longer life by having the correct tire pressure across all my tires, I’ve already paid for the TPMS. On my next set of tires, I’m just banking money.
Greater Fuel Efficiency
There’s also the fact that properly inflated tires can equate to a .3-.4 mile per gallon increase in fuel efficiency. When you’re talking about increasing your gas mileage from 6.5 to 6.8, that’s saving 4.5 cents to the dollar on every fill-up.
Finally, and most importantly, a TPMS increases safety. You can’t put a price on peace of mind, but I think peace of mind is worth at least $600. The TPMS I have can give me tire temps, to monitor the health of my tires. It can also push an alert to me if one tire suddenly loses pressure. This allows me to get to the side of the road before the tire blows, keeping me from really tearing up my trailer.
We’re all about working smarter and safer at Tanglewood Transport. And we’re always looking for drivers who think like we do.