Fleet managers are being urged to take urgent action over tyre pressure after checks revealed that company car drivers are worse than private motorists when it comes to maintaining the correct pressure.
Incorrectly inflated tyres cost companies money because they lead to increased fuel consumption and need replacing prematurely, which is why the issue should be addressed swiftly.
Andy Fern, new head of fleet for Michelin, revealed he was shocked to discover businesses and public sector organisations have a poorer record of tyre pressures than other drivers.
Results from pressure checks carried out by Michelin technicians at Fill Up With Air days throughout 2013 show 59% of consumers’ tyres were being driven at the correct pressures compared with just 46% of fleet drivers’ tyres.
Furthermore, 25% of fleet drivers’ tyres were ‘dangerously’ or ‘very dangerously’ under inflated compared with 14% of private motorists.
Fern warned: “These figures are surprising to say the least. Less than half of the business drivers we checked had all tyres at the correct pressures, and a quarter were running on tyres dangerously under-inflated. It’s quite incredible when you think about it.
“We would expect business drivers to be much more aware of how important tyre pressures are to the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of their vehicle.
“It’s hard to say whether it is a case of individuals ignoring fleet managers’ advice, or if the messages are not being given out frequently enough. I just don’t know. Either way, these figures show there is still a lot of work to be done in this area.”
He added that the results do not reflect the priority given to safety by many businesses, as well as the cost implications from higher fuel consumption running with under-inflated tyres that would show increased wear rates and need replacing more often.
Denna Bowman, Head Office