TMS: A hidden gem for fleet management success
One of the most expensive assets of your fleets is tires. You need to ensure they receive regular maintenance. Ineffective tire handling could negatively affect your fleet's operations.
Let's first see what TMS is all about
Tire management systems (TMS) allow drivers and fleet owners to monitor tire metrics in real-time, such as tire pressure and temperature, thereby optimizing fleet performance and mileage.
A tire management system typically includes a valve and sensor, which measures tire metrics either directly or indirectly (through wheel speed or ABS). Whenever a tire with low pressure is detected, a driver is alerted. Thus, eliminating fatal accidents and improving fuel economy.
An effective tire management system has several advantages
TMS allows fleet managers to keep track of tire inventory and track tire lifecycles - from the day of their installation to the day they are scrapped. It is possible to detect irregularities in tire pressure and temperature through timely reports and alerts. Fleet owners can examine the tires through the portal to see if they need to be repaired.
1. Increasing the fleet's efficiency will improve its performance
Keeping tires inflated at the proper pressures improves mileage by approximately 3.3% by monitoring tire pressure and temperature. TMS prevents premature tire wear and improves fuel economy.
2. Keeps you up to date
With TMS, you'll be able to predict maintenance schedules based on your fleet's size and mileage travels. GPS tracking alerts and notifications give you the information you need to make better fleet and tire management decisions.
3. Effortlessly reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
The TPMS prevents unplanned downtime by helping you stay on top of maintenance schedules, which means you'll reduce tire and replacement costs—contributing to lower transportation costs overall.
4. Keeping track of the tire inventory and TMS
TPMS generates axle-by-axle reports on your fleet's tires, including information on their installation and mileage travelled - so you can plan inventory procurements. You can also get insights into tire conditions, and retread, service, or replace them accordingly.
5. Boost safety
It can be hazardous to drive with underinflated or overinflated tires. Underinflated tires can blow out and cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Worn-out tires can skid if it's raining or snowing heavily. It is possible to eliminate accident fatalities resulting from poor tires with TMS!
The primary reason for implementing tire management systems is the difficulty of manually managing tire inventories once a certain point has been reached.
It becomes difficult to record crucial information such as the kilometers travelled by the vehicle after a tire is allocated, tire positions, or maintenance dates.
To get higher ROIs and lower losses, you need to manage tire costs efficiently as your fleet-related business scales. Having properly inflated tires improve fuel economy and mileage. It can also lower maintenance costs. But TMS is more than just business. They protect your drivers. Underinflated or overinflated tires pose road safety risks. Tire pressure management systems can help you avoid these problems.