The importance of good tyre maintenance for your fleet

The importance of good tyres should not be underestimated by anyone, especially fleet managers and their drivers.

The performance and safety of the vehicles can come into question if the quality of the tyres used is less than satisfactory, and plays a huge part in determining whether or not a vehicle is capable of being used regularly, without issue.

Tyres should be one of the main areas focused on during your fleet maintenance for a number of reasons.

For example, poorly maintained, under inflated tyres are burdens on any vehicle. But one of the ways they can cost a fleet manager money is through loss of efficiency.

Flat tyres can lead to increased fuel consumption, due to the increased surface area of the tyre making contact with the road.

The vehicle is required to burn more fuel, thus costing you more in fuel costs. This is also an environmental hazard, with more carbon emissions being released into the air and contributing to greenhouses gasses among other dangers.

Furthermore, poorly maintained tyres can increase your stopping distance, giving you a loss of traction that can be particularly dangerous in wet weather.

Heading into the winter months, this could potentially cause issues further on down the track, as horrible weather and poor visibility can contribute to a lack of awareness.

Ensuring that your vehicle's tyres are maintained and up to the manufacturers specifications can help to avoid unnecessary accidents, and the associated downtime and costs for repairs.

The legal implications of having safe tyres cannot be overlooked. Often times, police in most Australian states will keep a vigilant eyes out for any vehicles driving on unsafe tyres.

This includes underinflated tyres, balding tyres or tyres with insufficient tread depth.

Regular fleet maintenance can help to avoid any expensive fines or other legal implications from having unsafe tyres, as well as the safety issues involved with having worn tyres.