TYRES – WITHOUT THEM, YOU’LL GET NOWHERE
Choosing the right tyre is key to the success of any transport operation, after all, tyres are the only part of a van, truck or trailer in constant contact with the road surface.
It therefore follows that because of the critical role tyres play in a fleet’s safety and performance, they should be managed by experts. That doesn’t just mean the supplier; the company tyre policy is equally important. Choosing a tyre based on price may not necessarily be the same as making a choice based on value. A company tyre policy should deliver the best possible value for money, but that will rarely mean buying the cheapest tyre on the market.
An illegal or defective commercial vehicle tyre could mean a roadside prohibition, a court appearance and a hefty fine. A driver caught behind the wheel of a vehicle with illegal tyres faces three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre – regardless of whether they own the vehicle or not.
Tyres for all vehicles must be suitable for purpose and, in addition to being safe, it’s essential that they are inflated to the exact pressure. A reduction in pressure will mean a reduction in load carrying capacity and consequent reduction in fuel consumption.
Whether you’re a fleet operator or an owner driver, your tyre choice and maintenance cost will dictate your profit. Everyone is different and the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show will provide operators with the perfect opportunity to compare tyre suppliers and decide which is best suited to their needs. That’s why this year’s Show will feature 14 different suppliers to this essential sector of the road transport industry.
Guy Heywood, Commercial Director of Michelin’s truck division, says: “We spend more on research and development than any tyre manufacturer in the world, so it’s only fitting that as new Michelin truck and trailer tyres are launched, we display them at the industry’s largest trade event.
“For this year’s CV Show we’ve got the strongest product line-up in our history; it will be a major opportunity to reinforce that when customers think about their tyre policy, they should be focused on buying value.”
The 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show will run from 29 April-1 May 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.