As the scorching summer heat engulfs the roads of India, fleet managers face numerous challenges in maintaining the performance and safety of their vehicles. One critical aspect that requires special attention during summer is tyre management. Fluctuating temperatures, prolonged hours of operation, and rough road conditions can significantly impact tyre pressure, leading to a range of issues. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and Tyre Management Software in vehicle fleet management during summer.
Tyre Pressure Fluctuations
During summer, the ambient temperature rises, causing the air inside the tyres to expand. This expansion can lead to overinflation, which increases the risk of tyre blowouts and reduces fuel efficiency. Conversely, when vehicles are parked in the scorching heat, the tyre pressure can drop significantly, resulting in underinflation. Underinflated tyres are prone to overheating, reduced grip, and increased rolling resistance, which negatively impacts fuel consumption and overall vehicle performance.
Increased Fuel Consumption & Idling
Incorrect tyre pressure can significantly affect fuel consumption. Underinflated tyres increase rolling resistance, forcing the engine to work harder, thereby consuming more fuel. This increase in fuel consumption not only affects operational costs but also has a negative environmental impact. Moreover, excessive idling due to tyre-related issues such as blowouts or overheating can further add to fuel wastage. Fleet managers need an effective solution to monitor and maintain optimal tyre pressure to mitigate these concerns.
Tyre blowouts are more common during summer due to increased temperatures and overinflation. These sudden tyre failures not only pose a severe safety risk for drivers and passengers but also result in costly vehicle downtime and potential accidents. Monitoring tyre pressure in real-time with TREEL TPMS & a Comprehensive Tyre Management Software can help fleet managers detect any anomalies and take prompt action to prevent blowouts, thereby ensuring the safety of their fleet.
Underinflated tyres generate more heat during operation, leading to increased stress on the vehicle’s engine and transmission system. Overheating engines can lead to breakdowns, costly repairs, and prolonged vehicle downtime. By implementing a comprehensive tyre management software solution, fleet managers can monitor tyre temperatures, identify potential issues, and take preventive measures to avoid engine overheating.
Driver Fatigue and Heat Stress
Summer heat takes a toll on both vehicles and drivers. High temperatures inside the cabin can lead to driver fatigue and heat stress, impacting their concentration and reaction times. Tyre blowouts or other tyre-related incidents can further exacerbate the situation. By maintaining optimal tyre pressure and implementing effective tyre management software, fleet managers can eliminate unnecessary stress for drivers, reducing the risk of fatigue and promoting safe driving practices.
Vehicle fleet management in India during summers demands vigilant attention to tyre pressure fluctuations and proactive measures to mitigate potential risks. By incorporating TREEL Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and Tyre Management Software, fleet managers can optimise fuel consumption, reduce the likelihood of blowouts, prevent engine overheating, and prioritise driver safety. Real-time monitoring, data-driven insights, and preventive maintenance strategies offered by these solutions empower fleet managers to make informed decisions and ensure smooth operations even in the sweltering heat of the Summer.