Bendix: Proper Tire Inflation Key to Safe Operations

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Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement

AVON, Ohio – If you are looking to increase the chances of tire failure, consume more fuel, and reduce the effectiveness of your truck’s safety equipment – including the air disc brakes — then running on improperly inflated tires will do the trick, according to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

Bendix does not recommend it.

In support of National Tire Safety Week 2022, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix) aims to remind North America’s fleets and owner-operators just how much tire pressure matters to safety on the road.

Sponsored annually by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), National Tire Safety Week spotlights the essentials of proper tire care and maintenance. It occurs this year June 27-July 3.

“Those air disc brakes you invested in? Improperly pressurized tires can hurt their performance,” said TJ Thomas – director of marketing and customer solutions – Controls Group at Bendix. “Same goes for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), from full stability up to collision mitigation: They can’t fully deliver on their potential to enhance safety if they are riding on incorrectly inflated tires. Fuel efficiency, tire life, downtime – they’re all impacted by tire pressure on your tractors and trailers.”

Pressure Monitoring Made Easy

Pre-trip checks and inspections during breaks are good for spotting signs of rapid tire leaks, but using a gauge to measure each tire’s pressure at every stop isn’t a practical solution – and still might not alert you to slow, gradual leaks. A tire pressure monitoring system is one of the most effective safety tools for protecting tires from underinflation.

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“Without a gauge, it’s unlikely that even a sharp-eyed driver can tell by looking whether a tire is properly inflated to 105 psi or underinflated at 95 psi,” said Mark Holley – director of marketing and customer solutions – Wheel-End at Bendix. “And that relatively small difference can have a big impact. Industry research has shown that just 10 percent underinflation can reduce fuel economy by 1.5 percent, and about 90 percent of tire blowouts are the result of underinflation, since it leads to increased stress and higher running temperatures.”

To view the entire announcement, click HERE.

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