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Is your fleet getting the maximum kilometres from its tyres?

Why tyre pressure and regular maintenance can improve your bottom line

It surprises me that so many fleet managers undervalue tyres and that drivers aren’t educated on how to get the best from them. After all, tyres are one of the highest costs of a fleet of vehicles, and they may be the most important of all a fleet’s assets. Consider these factors:

  • During the course of a truck’s life, its tyres will cost more than engine rebuilds
  • Without tyres, your trucks don’t move – and your company doesn’t make a profit
  • When tyres fail on the road, the result can be catastrophic

How much do your tyres cost you?

Can you say how much your tyres cost per kilometre? Many fleet managers don’t have this number to hand. They know their fuel costs and driver costs per kilometre, but they don’t have a deep understanding of how much their tyres cost.

You’ve invested heavily in your tyres. Large companies have millions of dollars invested in the rubber between their vehicles and the tarmac beneath them. They insist their office workers maintain their computers with regular backups, daily cleans, virus protection, and so on. Tyres are maintained weekly at best. Yet there is a daily tyre maintenance routine that your drivers should do, and which could save you a small fortune on your tyre costs.

Relieve the pressure on tyre costs by running tyres at the correct pressure

A truck’s tyres are reliant on running at the correct pressure. Inflation affects braking distances, handling and traction. If tyre pressures vary across axles, it affects your loading and puts pressure on transmissions. It affects suspension and shock absorbers. Your engine maintenance costs increase. Incorrectly inflated tyres wear more quickly. Add all of these effects together, and you have a heavy cost to safety, and to your bottom line profits.

Here are a few examples of how much poorly inflated tyres could be costing your fleet:

  • On dual tyres, a difference of just 5 psi between the tyres will mean one tyre’s tread wears far faster than the other. Meanwhile, the other’s casing wears faster. The life of both tyres is negatively impacted.
  • Wheel bearings are impacted by uneven dual tyre pressures, too. A difference of 5 psi could decrease life by 10%.
  • If you run a tyre at 10% underinflated from recommended pressure, it will wear out around 10% to 15% faster, and increase fuel consumption by around 3%.

Is a daily tyre pressure check enough?

As a tyre warms up, its pressure changes. Tyre pressure checks are usually undertaken when the tyre is cold, and so the dynamics change as the truck is driven. For optimum tyre pressure management, fleet managers are turning to tyre sensors and tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMSs).

Tyres also warm up at different rates according to their position on a vehicle. This variance in pressures between tyres on different axles can be 5 psi on dual tyre axles – with the effect on cost as noted above: a decrease in tyre life, poorer braking and handling, and an increase in fuel consumption.

Data collected from a TPMS enables pressures to be maintained at optimum levels, decreasing your costs and increasing your profits.

How do you maintain your fleet’s tyres?

What is your tyre maintenance routine? Do you have a weekly tyre routine, and a daily tyre check? Do your vehicles benefit from TPMSs? If you aren’t maintaining your tyres correctly, it’s likely costing your fleet heavily. Well-maintained tyres last longer, increase on-road safety and decrease fuel consumption.

To find out how our fleet tyre management services help you to get the maximum number of kilometres out of every tyre on every single vehicle in your fleet, contact Darra Tyres today.

Keeping your family and fleet safe,

Kevin Wood

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Intelligent fleets will use intelligent tyres in the future, says Goodyear

Intelligent tyres are nearer to being standard than many think

Goodyear is anticipating big changes in the fleet tyre market in Australia. It believes that fleets will use intelligent tyres commonly in the near future, especially as the move toward car sharing and autonomous vehicles gathers pace. Is Goodyear right?

The role of tyres is changing

A few weeks ago, we published an article that discussed how fleet tyre management is set to move to autopilot. Goodyear had just shown its concept tyre, the Oxygene, at the Geneva Motor Show. Although Goodyear cannot be certain of when such tyres will be commercialised, it seems that Goodyear is planning for sooner rather than later.

At the nationwide launch of its Assurance TripleMax 2 tyre in Victoria, Raelene Smith, head of shopper merchandise and market insights at Goodyear and Dunlop Tyres, said “We’re seeing new technology in cars today. We’re seeing people with self-driving fleets always looking at autonomous vehicles and how they work. So, we envisage that, at some stage, the role of tyres will change.

The new role of fleet tyres

Fleet tyres – and those on car shares – have a very different role to play. Their job will be to optimise longevity and safety.

A vehicle which is shared between multiple drivers is unlikely to receive the attention of a personal vehicle. The last thing people are likely to check will be the tyres. It’s not their vehicle, and, even though from a safety aspect you should check your tyres before setting out, people without a real vested interest are unlikely to do so.

Therefore, from the point of view of safety and optimising tyre life, fleet tyres will need to be ‘intelligent’.

What are intelligent tyres?

Intelligent tyres collect information through sensors in the tyre and then provide this information to you. This information could tell you about tyre and tread wear, load and temperature, as well as tyre pressure. This information is then used to optimise performance.

The sensors can also relay information about road conditions, too, enabling fleet vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other, and helping fleets manage routes more effectively.

As well as increasing tyre life, this technology should help to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

To recap, the benefits include:

  • Longer tyre life
  • Greater safety on the road because of better information about road and tyre conditions
  • Better fuel consumption and lower fuel costs

Little wonder that the intelligent tyre sales are expected to hit more than 400 million by 2026.

When will intelligent tyres become mainstream?

The new technology available in new vehicles today is bringing intelligent tyres closer, faster. Autonomous fleets are approaching, and the role of tyres will change.

Goodyear has partnered with Tesla to work on improvements. It has also rolled out a ride-sharing service with intelligent tyres to optimise fleet performance in the United States. These are early-stage developments leading to greater access to intelligent tyres as the first choice.

When I think of how fast these tyres may become mainstream, it makes me look back at the replacement of leaded fuel with unleaded; slow to start, but as more cars were built to run on unleaded, the new fuel snowballed. In a few years, as intelligent tyres become the norm on new cars, you’ll need to replace today’s common tyres with intelligent tyres.

The next big move in vehicles is already happening: electric. My guess is that by the time the electric car is mainstream, intelligent tyres will already be fitted as standard on most new vehicles.

Meanwhile, for an intelligent tyre fitting service in Brisbane, contact Darra Tyres today.

Keeping your family and fleet safe,

Kevin Wood

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Look after your tyres in Brisbane, and slash your fleet costs

Five minutes could save your fleet a fortune on fuel

I’m going to offer all fleet managers in Brisbane a potential cost reduction of an average of 1% to 3%. All you need to do is read to the bottom of this article.

How much is 3% of your costs worth to your fleet?

I can’t tell you how much a 3% reduction of your costs would be worth to your fleet, but it’s likely to be a substantial sum. But what if I could also offer you lower maintenance expenses, less vehicle downtime, longer tyre life, and fewer roadside breakdowns?

I’m guessing you’re wondering how I can make such promises.

No, I’m not a magician. I’m simply coming at a common problem for fleets from a different angle. The secret is also the most common cause of complaints received by tyre retailers and manufacturers.

Deflate your costs by inflating your tyres

Most complaints received by tyre companies concern comfort of ride and wear of tyres. Tyre manufacturers spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year to improve their product. When they receive a complaint, you can be sure that they employ every means possible to understand why.

What tyre manufacturers consistently find is that there isn’t a fault in the tyre. Usually, the reason for uneven tread wear or poor comfort while driving is underinflation. When your tyres are properly inflated, you’ll find that:

  • Your tyres suffer less wear
  • Your tyres last longer
  • Braking and ride comfort is improved
  • Your vehicle is less likely to swerve if you need to brake hard
  • Your fuel consumption falls

6 out of 10 tyres are underinflated on Australia’s roads

Toward the end of last year, TyreSafe Australia conducted a survey on tyre condition on passenger cars. The results were astounding. 6 out of 10 vehicles were being driven with underinflated tyres. Even worse, it was found that half the cars surveyed were unsafe as far as their tyres were concerned.

Are your drivers checking their tyres?

The question I’ve got for you is this: how often do your drivers check their tyres? Because if they aren’t checking for air pressure, they probably aren’t checking for signs of wear and tear.

If your drivers aren’t checking their tyres, they are putting their lives, and the lives of others, at risk. And, from a cost perspective, underinflated tyres increase your fuel consumption, cause damage to the vehicle, and result in higher costs.

It takes less than five minutes to check your tyres. Make sure your drivers check their tyres regularly. Before every trip would be fantastic. At least once a week should be the minimum standard.

Let Darra Tyres help you cut your fleet costs

The key takeaways are that improper tyre inflation is:

  • A safety issue for all drivers and other road users
  • A main underlying cause of complaints about tyres
  • A major cause of increased costs for fleet managers

Like I said earlier in this article, I’m not a magician. But I can advise your fleet’s drivers on tyre check routines and correct tyre inflation pressures. And that could save you between 1% and 3% of your fleet costs. Isn’t it time you benefitted from the professional and personal tyre service that you can trust in Brisbane? For more info about our services for fleets, contact Darra Tyres today.

Keeping your family and fleet safe,

Kevin Wood

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How can you reduce your fleet’s tyre costs in Queensland?

The three factors of fleet tyre management

When deciding their policy for changing tyres, the three factors that should be considered by fleets are cost, safety, and the law. Though you might think about these separately, each has an influence on the other. For example, the amount of depth remaining on the tread affects safety on the road. Waiting longer before changing tyres may reduce your costs, but it could put your fleet’s drivers in danger.

In this article, you’ll learn how to balance these three factors, and how your drivers can help to reduce tyre costs and fleet impact of downtime while tyres are being changed.

The tyre law in Queensland

By law, tyres must have at least 1.5mm of tread depth to be legal on the roads in Queensland. This must be the depth around the entire tyre and its width. If you drive on an illegal tyre, you could be given an on-the-spot fine and demerit points. It pays to know when you need new tyres, yet it is estimated that one in three Australians is currently driving on illegal tyres. A new tyre will have 8mm of tread depth.

The safety factor for fleet tyres

Tyres are essential tools for the safety of your fleet’s drivers. Braking distances are determined by several factors, and condition of tyres is high on the list. No matter how good a driver’s reflexes and the condition of the road, braking is dependent upon the grip the tyre has on the road.

If your fleet’s vehicles are being driven on tyres with 1.5mm tread, the distance they require to stop is 38% more than on a new tyre with 8mm tread depth. The danger of crashing in a fleet vehicle is increased when drivers switch between vehicles, as anticipated stopping distances differ between vehicles with tyres at different stages of wear.

It is also worth remembering that not all new tyres perform equally. Even though new tyres have the same 8mm tread depth, a premium brand tyre is likely to perform better than a budget tyre.

The cost factor for fleet tyres

If a fleet changes tyres too early, it can drastically increase costs. The greater the depth when you change tyres, the more often you will need to change them.

Development of new tyre technologies by tyre manufacturers is increasing tyre safety, and so you should be able to change at a lower tread depth. Research by Michelin has shown that changing tyres at 3mm or 4mm instead of 1.5mm leads to an extra tyre change every two years. Those sorts of costs soon mount up.

If your policy is currently to change when the tread depth reaches 2mm, increasing this to 3mm could increase your tyre costs by almost 20% – not an insignificant amount when your tyre costs may be as much as a third of your fleet’s maintenance budget.

How to reduce tyre costs for your fleet

As a company running a fleet of vehicles, you’ll need to take all the above factors into consideration to minimise costs, ensure your vehicles’ tyres are legal, and ensure the safety of your drivers. And your drivers could help you to keep your tyre costs low.

There are tricks that can be used to make commercial tyres last longer – such as never overloading, always checking tyre pressures, and using a good driving technique. But these are not the only ways in which drivers can have an impact on your costs. By using our fleet tyre management service, you can help your drivers take more responsibility for their tyres. By booking tyre services outside of work hours and calling ahead to make sure that the tyre dealer has the right tyre, downtime can be reduced – and that’s a positive contribution to your bottom line.

To find out more about the fleet tyre management services offered by Darra Tyres in Brisbane, contact us today. We’ll help you get the maximum number of kilometres from every tyre in your fleet.

Keeping your family and fleet safe,

Kevin Wood

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With these intelligent tyres, fleet tyre management is on autopilot

Goodyear continues to revolutionise through tyre research and development

The research and development team at Goodyear Tyres have done it again. At the Geneva Motor Show, they’ve unveiled three prototype tyres that could reduce pollution, self-monitor tyre condition and performance, and increase tyre life by up to 30%. They’re not available to buy commercially – yet – but certainly, show us the shape of tyres of the future. Here’s a glimpse of the black circles your fleet may be driving on in years to come.

A living tyre that cuts pollution

Could tyres really be the answer to clearing smog-filled cities? If Goodyear’s Oxygene tyre were used on all the vehicles in a city, air pollution could be eliminated. That’s the claim by Goodyear, which has estimated that in a city the size of Paris it would be possible to absorb 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and create 3,000 tonnes of oxygen. How can a tyre achieve this?

The Oxygene is a living tyre. Moss grows in the sidewall. As the tyre travels over the road, this moss absorbs water from the road surface and carbon dioxide from the air. Through a process of photosynthesis, the tyre turns that carbon dioxide into oxygen. Genius!

It’s not only oxygen that the tyre can create. It also produces electricity. Enough to power onboard electrics. The tyre also has an LED strip that changes colour when the driver manoeuvres – warning other drivers that you are changing lanes, for example.

The Oxygene tyre also connects to the Internet of Things, using Li-Fi internet technology – a system used by Goodyear’s Intelligent prototype, too.

Intelligent tyres monitor themselves

Now here’s where it gets really interesting for fleet managers.

Goodyear’s Intelligent prototype tyre shows just how far technology could take tyres in the future. Goodyear’s Director of Consumer Technology, Percy LeMaire, has suggested that some of the elements of this tyre could become mass marketed reality soon. Here’s what this tyre does for you:

  • Monitors wear and tear temperature and tyre pressure
  • Reports tyre issues to the driver and fleet manager
  • Estimates how long it will last
  • Communicates with other vehicles, warning of road and weather conditions

Imagine that. A tyre that tells you when it needs more air, when it will need to be replaced, and alerts your entire fleet to routing problems due to road conditions.

At last – tyres designed for electric vehicles

Much is made of the green credentials of electric and hybrid vehicles. What isn’t publicised much is that tyres used on an electric vehicle have a shorter range. The high torque produced wears tyres more quickly. And the noise the tyre makes is a bigger issue than on standard vehicles.

At Geneva, Goodyear also unveiled a prototype that could reduce tyre noise on electric vehicles and increase range by up to 30%.

Get the best life from your tyres today

Such tyre evolution as being produced by Goodyear’s R&D teams could transform tyre management in fleets. Automatic alerts on wear and tear, tyre pressures and road conditions could help fleet managers cut tyre costs, extending tyre life and reducing fuel consumption. Instead of being reactive to tyre condition, you could be managing your tyres proactively.

Until the time arrives when these groundbreaking features are standard issue on all new tyres, the best way to maintain peak performance from your Brisbane fleet’s tyres is to use Darra’s Fleet Tyre Management Service. Contact us today to find out more.

Keeping your business and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin Wood

Truck Tyres – Fleet tyre services that reduce fuel costs

Business as usual for the ATA

As fleet tyre services specialists, we fully support the work of all that aim to increase safety on the roads, and as an authority working toward safety on the roads, the Australian Trucking Association has been busy of late:

  • It has lobbied hard for a strengthening of the Chain of Responsibility (COR) rules
  • It is supporting the National Roadworthy Baseline Survey
  • It has applied for its TruckSafe accreditation program to be recognised under the industry code of practice guidelines
  • It is developing a new Technical Advisory Procedure (TAP) to that covers tyres and tyre operations

That’s a whole lot of work!

Customers of truckers are now also responsible for safety

Here at Darra, and as fleet tyre services, we think it’s right that the COR finally recognises the pressure that customers put on trucking firms, and fully sympathise with companies that feel forced to operate for fear of losing business. The new COR rules force customers to accept at least partial responsibility for the safety of the vehicles onto which they load their goods. And if the ATA’s TruckSafe program is recognised it will strengthen the industry even further.

Seeking to make accidents related to truck tyres a thing of the past

According to National Truck Insurance (NTI), nearly four out of every 100 major truck accidents in Australia are caused by faulty truck tyres. As far as we’re concerned, that’s four accidents per hundred too many. But then our fleet tyre services operatives are passionate about truck tyres and road safety.

The ATA’s TAP is going to make a big difference to road safety and should come out next year. We’ll keep you informed as soon as we hear what the new guidelines say. For now, what we do know is that the ATA CEO, Christopher Melham, has said that the TAP will provide guidance on:

  • inflation pressure
  • correct load issues
  • tread depths
  • fuel burn caused by tyre wear

How to cut your fuel bills

The drop in the oil price over the last few months has offered some hard-earned relief to truckers, but do you know how tyre tread affects fuel consumption? In the UK, Michelin found that eco-friendly tyres reduced fuel costs for the average motorist by $120 per year. For heavily laden trucks, the savings are even more astounding. A fleet of just a few vehicles could save thousands of dollars each year by making sure they have the right tyres with the right tread.

In a study published by Goodyear, it was found that:

  • Most reduction in fuel costs is obtained by the tyre tread, compound, design, and depth
  • Tyre tread contributes over half or rolling resistance
  • Properly inflated tyres contribute to fuel efficiency

Not only will the ATA’s TAP improve road safety standards, but it will reduce fuel costs, too. That a win/win for the industry and your business.

Why not give our fleet tyre services a call on 3375 3366 to discuss how much our eco-friendly tyres will save your company on its fuel bills? We’re sure your customers will appreciate your cost conscious and safety approach – especially when they come under the new Chain of Responsibility rules.

When it comes to reducing your costs, you’ll find our fleet tyre service is second to none.

Yours in family and fleet safety,

The team at Darra Tyres

Why Earthmoving Tyres are a Matter of Life and Death!

When it comes to Earthmoving tyres, rims, and wheel assemblies are critical items on vehicles. If they’re fitted incorrectly, or the tyre or part used is sub-standard, the results could be fatal. Good earthmoving tyre maintenance really is a matter of life or death.

The difference between earthmoving tyres and car tyres is bigger than size.

Working with tyres of all types is our job, and we take pride in our work. When it comes to earthmoving tyres we take extra special care. Apart from the size of them (most dwarf our Managing Director, Kevin Wood, even though he’s 6ft), the assembly is a multiple component job. A car tyre is a single item mounted on a rim. Earthmover tyres’ assemblies consist of:
• The tyre
• The rim
• Flange rings
• Bead and seat band
• O-ring
• Lockring
Different rim manufacturers have different fitting designs, too. These include studs, cleats, wedges, and wheel nuts. When a tyre is fitted, the fitter has to be aware of all of this and then make certain that the correct fitments and other components are used. It’s a high-risk operation, which can lead to fatalities.

According to a report that captured accident numbers from bodies such as the Queensland Government Department of Mines and Energy, Department of Industry and Resources Western Australia, and the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, among others, a third of earthmoving tyres and rim maintenance accidents reported resulted in death. On top of this number, half of all the reported accidents were judged to have been potentially fatal.
As a profession, earthmoving tyres maintenance is a pretty dangerous one!

Main causes of accidents when working with earthmoving tyres

There are a number of root causes of maintenance accidents when working with earthmoving tyres. These include absent or deficient rim and rim components. If these aren’t correct for the tyre and rim used, then the outcome in the field could be disastrous, too. That’s why all our tyre specialists are specifically trained on earthmover tyre maintenance – not only does this training protect us when we’re working on the tyre, more importantly it protects the customer after the tyre has been fitted.

You also won’t see us heating rims to loosen corroded wheel fastenings – a practice that, along with rim integrity, is the number one contributor to fatalities during tyre maintenance work.

Our safety equals your safety
Our tyre maintenance team is continually updating its training to stay ahead of industry requirements. We know that when it comes to safety, what we do when we work on earthmover tyres and rims directly impacts the safety of our customers and their workforce. And that’s an area in which we’ll never cut any corners.

5 tips to keep your earthmover operatives safe

Many of our customers ask our advice on tyre and rim maintenance. Here are five tips to make sure that you and your employees are earthmover tyre safe at all times:
1. Use a regular testing and maintenance program, and check rims and rim components for integrity
2. Always make sure that tyres and rims are matched
3. Only use tyre specialists that are trained and accredited
4. Undertake a preventative maintenance program to eliminate hot brakes and overheating wheel motors
5. Make sure your employees are trained in tyre use and emergencies
If you’ve got any questions or queries, or want to know more about tyre safety, don’t hesitate to call our team on 3375 3366 and ask for an Industrial Tyres expert.. We’re here to help, and keeping your family and fleet safely on the road is our mission.

Yours in family and fleet safety,

Kevin and the team

A Tyre Centre that deals with all tyres, even the new Army Tyres

A Versatile Tyre Centre we even do Australia Army G-Wagon…

Kevin Wood our Managing Director is ex-army (Artillery Transport) and also is the current RSL Darra Branch Chairman. In fact, Rodney our workshop Manager and Brett who runs our Marketing are also ex-military, so we’ve always had a close affiliation with our servicemen and women for many years. Therefore, it’s no surprise when the brand new, yet to be delivered, Australia Army G-Wagon with its unique configuration popped in to our tyre centre for a some fresh tyres.

If you are a current or ex-serviceman or women, pop in and we will be sure to look after you. We have some of the best SOPs (that’s Standard Operating Procedures for the non-military) for choosing and changing your tyres and getting the best performance out of them.

Chat with the team today on 07 3375 3366.

Regards,
Kevin and the team at Darra Tyres.

Toyo Tyres and More! Darra Tyres joins TruckPower Tyre Alliance

Hey guys,

We are pleased to announce that we are now members of the Truck Power Tyre Alliance which gives our clients around Australia access to tyres wherever they are. Through the alliance they can expect the same level of service as if they were at our Darra Workshop.

The main brands that will be promoted through the alliance are Boto Tyres, Leao Tyres, and Toyo Tyres but all brands will also be accessed through the alliance.

TRUCKPOWER brings 3 strong and recognisable brands (TOYO, BOTO and LEAO) together under one banner. TRUCKPOWER will enable truck, transport and bus operators to have full confidence in a motivated national tyre dealer support network, with a wide choice of quality branded products that are serviced by expert commercial tyre retailers.

The TRUCKPOWER commitment is to provide you with reliable and competitively priced truck tyres, whenever and wherever you need them. Our brands all provide great cost per km results and give you the widest choice to suit your application.

Our brands are leaders in each market tier:

Toyo Tyres

This is an ideal solution for our Truck Fleet, all you need to do is call Darra on 07 3375 3366 and we can organise a local distributor to supply and fit the tyres and the price and billing will still be done through Darra.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin and the team at Darra Tyres.

Ensuring Quality Tyres, Inspecting truck tyres for abnormal wear.

Hey guys,

Kevin inspects truck tyres for abnormal wear. The truck in the video is actually a new truck that has come in after 500kms for its first settling in check up. These tyres are straight from the manufacturer and already are showing signs of abnormal wear. Luckily its been caught soon enough that not much damage is done. Even high quality tyres should be inspected routinely to ensure they are now wearing abnormally due to an incorrect fitting.

Darra Tyres recommends that you check your tyre pressure weekly, especially if your using the vehicle for commercial purposes. Passenger vehicles should be checked weekly but realistically monthly is acceptable, however the concern is that most people never check until its too late.

If you have any questions feel free to call the team on 07 3375 3366.

Yours in tyres,

Kevin Wood

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