How often do you check your tyres?

As a fleet manager, you are responsible for overseeing a large part of a business's logistics. Naturally, with so much to think about it can be easy for a few things to slip through the cracks.

Take tyre pressures, for example: It is sometimes easy to put off checking on tyres simply because most of the time they are just fine. Others will delegate this job to their drivers, at which point they have less control over maintaining an important health and safety standard.

Doing so can make it easy for the precaution to slip your mind. In fact, if a recent study from the UK is anything to go by, Australian fleet managers may be leaving their fleet's tyres in dire need for some TLC.

Almost half (44.1 per cent) of fleets checked their tyres only once a quarter, according to research by WheelRight. Meanwhile, nearly one-third (29.4 per cent) of managers said they had no idea how often their drivers measured tyre pressure and wear.

When put into context, the consequences of a damaged or underinflated tyre hardly bear thinking about. Tyres can lose air pressure at a rate of 1 pound per square inch (PSI) per month, meaning the chances of a tyre dropping below the manufacturer's guide is increasingly likely the longer checks are postponed.

For a fleet, this is even more concerning, as recommended tyre pressure is largely dictated by the weight of the vehicle including any load. If a fleet makes its money through couriering or haulage, even a slight drop below the optimum PSI can be risky.

John Catling, CEO of WheelRight, said: "We were shocked by the results of the poll, which suggest that approximately 75 per cent of fleet managers either know that their drivers are not checking tyre pressures often enough or, even worse, have no idea how often they're motoring this vital element of vehicle safety."

So, the question is begging to be asked: How often do you check your tyres?