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Cut Costs With The Tire Service Network: The Real Price Of Fleet Vehicle Flats

Today’s post highlights the economic value and cost control benefits the Tire Service Network offers Canada’s fleet managers.

Read on to learn how we minimize costly downtime and improve fuel efficiency for our clients, or visit our website to learn more about the Tire Service Network.

Reduce The Costs Of Fleet Flats With The Tire Service Network (TSN)

According to a new study by Fleet Financials, the average total cost of a flat tire for a fleet vehicle was $338.42, which includes the cost of driver downtime and the tire change itself. If we multiply that number by the average number of flat tires fleets experience every year, which was 97 according to survey data, that means flat tires cost fleets $32,826.74 in 2021!

If you’re looking to steer clear of the costs of fleet flats, the Tire Service Network is here for you, and for a fraction of the price fleet managers are already paying for repairs each year.

When you join the Tire Service Network, you get access to 24/7/365 Emergency Breakdown Service.  This includes flat tire repairs and replacements, along with comprehensive service maintenance programs and enhanced commercial reporting, to help spot warning signs before they take your vehicles off the road.

Because the TSN comprises more than 10,000 points of contact across Canada, including top truck stops like TA, Petro, Loves, Flying J, and Bosselman, we’re able to provide high-quality emergency tire repair services fast, with most calls experiencing service completion within 90 minutes of contact, so your team member can get back to being productive, sooner!

Prevent Inflation Inefficiencies With The Tire Service Network

Long before flats force fleet vehicles off the road, improper maintenance is another costly expense to your bottom line that needs attention, and TIRECRAFT can assist.

While most fleets encourage regular tire pressure checks and top-ups, studies show that underinflation is still extremely common. For example, in one study by the Transportation Research Record journal, researchers determined that approximately 25% to 30% of light-duty vehicles had at least one tire that was underinflated by at least 25% below the placard recommendation (Tyrell et al., 2007).

Poor tire maintenance practices can wreak havoc on your fuel economy, increasing vehicle drag and potentially costing fleet managers thousands of dollars per year.

In fact, gas mileage decreases by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in your vehicle’s tires. Thus, if you’re running 10 psi below the recommended air pressure—which cannot be spotted with the naked eye—your vehicle pays 3% more for gas. Multiply that by the number of vehicles in your fleet, and it’s easy to see how these “minor” maintenance problems turn into major expenses.

With the Tire Service Network on your side, you’ll never have to worry about inflation inefficiencies, because every service maintenance program includes regular inflation monitoring and top-ups. What’s more, we can equip your entire fleet with quality pressure gauges and portable tire inflators/compressors, as needed.

Learn More About The Tire Service Network

Use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to speak with a fleet vehicle repair specialist near you or call 1-800-860-5486 for Canada-wide coverage for emergency breakdown tire service, with no-charge dispatch.

References

Tyrrell, R. A., Balk, S. A., Switzer III, F. S., & Brooks, J. O. (2007). Effects of tire pressure monitoring systems on tire pressures in consumer vehicles. Transportation Research Record, 2018(1), 15-21.

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