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Nearly half of fleets only check tyres once a quarter

The UK-based tyre pressure monitoring solution provider conducted a poll of over 100 fleet managers.

John Catling, CEO of WheelRight, said: ‘We were shocked by the results of the poll, which suggest that approximately 75% of fleet managers either know that their drivers are not checking tyre pressures often enough, or (even worse) have no idea how often they’re motoring this vital element of vehicle safety! There are many tyre-related breakdowns and accidents in the UK, so this is a serious issue.’

Lack of time and other priorities were among the reasons given for the failure by drivers to undertake regular tyre checks.

However the firm pointed out that there are solutions to help fleets and drivers with the burden of tyre checking, in particular its own drive-over tyre pressure measurement solution, which uses a simple drive-over system to allow the driver to monitor tyre pressures on a daily basis.

Catling added: ‘Checking tyres should be a top priority, but it is clearly not being given the attention it warrants. Our solution is already being taken on board by many fleet companies, as well as other transport businesses. It really can save time, money and lives. Fleet managers have a duty of care and should be considering new technologies such as this that allow daily tyre checks to be undertaken.’

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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