For most fleets, tires are the third largest operating expense after driver compensation and fuel. Controlling these costs can make a huge difference in your fleet’s bottom line. Better data is the key to better decisions. The FleetPal Connect Tire Tracker provides better data on tire usage than VMRS Codes alone. Giving your team FleetPal is the best way to make controlling tire costs a team effort.
How does Tire Tracker deliver better data?
Tracking tire usage by axle and position means you get a more detailed view of your fleet’s tire consumption. You’ll be able to generate profiles for each piece of equipment in your fleet. Drivers and maintenance technicians have the ability to specify tire issues by position. That adds up to efficiency and accuracy in scheduling, tracking, and reporting.
The current driver shortage is projected to get worse before it gets better. That means that driver wages and benefits will continue to be essential to attracting and retaining quality team members. Trucks have to be insured, licensed, and permitted, and tolls have to be paid. Better tire management is one area of marginal cost that can improve fuel efficiency and control maintenance costs.
The Tire Tracker gets your whole team on board and makes good things happen for your fleet.
Make Controlling Your Fleet’s Tire Costs a Team Effort
Like all of the other features in the FleetPal Connect system, our Tire Tracker uses VMRS Codes to ensure that all of the data generated by users is easy to communicate and share with anyone else in the industry. This makes scheduling inspections, third-party maintenance, and performance reporting more efficient and more powerful.
In most areas, VMRS Codes give the trucking industry everything it needs to get the job done in a common language. When it comes to tires though, we thought it was important to build off of the foundation that VMRS Codes provide to develop a tool that delivers more detail to our users. That’s why the FleetPal Connect Tire Tracker allows users to track tire issues and consumption by axle and position.
A detailed picture of your fleet’s tire usage is a powerful resource that can clarify issues and identify solutions. But what you get out of the Tire Tracker is only part of the story. It’s just as important to consider what goes in. FleetPal Connect makes everyone on your team, from drivers and technicians to managers and administrative staff a part of the effort to control tire costs.
Management and Administrative Staff
When you work in management or an administrative role in the trucking industry, making sure that drivers and technicians have the tools they need to succeed is one of the most important parts of your job. The FleetPal Connect Tire Tracker makes it easy for you to give your team exactly what they need to get their jobs done and make the rest of your job easier.
You can use the Tire Tracker to build a wheel configuration template for each type of unit in your fleet. The wheel configuration template allows you to customize the axles and wheels that are on that unit. Once you’ve built the template, you can easily attach it to each unit in your fleet that matches that configuration. It makes adding new equipment easier too.
When your team uses the wheel configuration to specify the exact tire that needs to be maintained, repaired, or replaced—you get better data back from the system. That makes scheduling third-party repairs, tracking issues over time, and reporting items like cost or component lifetime more efficient and more accurate.
Drivers and Technicians
One thing about tires is that they tend to tell the tale of what went wrong when you inspect them. Treadwear can reveal improper alignment, underinflation, or over-inflation. If drivers conduct thorough pre- and post-trip inspections and maintenance technicians stick to your preventive maintenance program, these signs can be caught in time to avoid a tire failure.
When the members of your team follow the inspection and preventive maintenance templates that you build in FleetPal Connect, they’ll catch more tire issues in time to make maintenance or repair an option. Avoiding replacements whenever possible will make a big difference in your fleet’s bottom line.
Another way that the Tire Tracker empowers your team to drive cost-efficiency can be found in the way the tool makes detailed reporting easier and more efficient. Each time a tire issue is identified, the whole team will be able to see it. Whether it is a quick fix, a job for a service provider, or a replacement—that information goes into the system’s reports with all of the details you and your team need.
Find Out If Your Fleet Could Be Doing More to Control Tire Costs with the FleetPal Tire Tracker
The largest fleets in the industry use their purchasing power to get better deals on fuel and tires. That means that small- and mid-sized fleets are already fighting an uphill battle to compete with larger fleets on cost per mile (CPM). If your fleet could be getting a better CPM on tire usage, that’s one way to help level the playing field. But you can’t do better unless you know how you’re really doing right now. Better data is the key to better decisions.
FleetPal Connect was designed to deliver the tools and resources that small- and mid-sized fleets need to compete in a challenging industry. Let us show you what our software solutions can do to make your team more effective, efficient, and profitable. Call us today to schedule a demonstration.