HOW WE INCREASE
Fleet managers are constantly seeking ways to decrease their cost per mile. Every tire-related issue results in time spent on maintenance and money spent on replacement equipment.
WHERE IT STARTS
But beyond maintenance-related challenges, problems with driver turnover are adding to the costly effect of downtime. In “Examining Driver Turnover and Retention in the Trucking Industry” by Harrison and Pierce, the average cost of losing one driver was estimated between $5,000 and $8,000. And retaining drivers is another significant challenge: Fleet Owner found that the average driver turnover for the first three months of 2017 was 74% in large fleets.
There has been a focus on job creation in the mining industry of late. More mining means more use of mining trucks and more pressure on mining truck wheels and tires. Mining trucks tend to put a lot more wear on tires than trucks in just about any other industry, which is why regular mining truck wheel maintenance is so important.
According to an article published on CCJ News, that was the title of one of the discussions during the 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting. Three years later in 2019, that undeniable truth rings true — there is still a truck technician shortage facing the commercial trucking industry, and more specifically a diesel technician shortage.
In the last few years, there has been plenty of misinformation surrounding the adoption of automation in the commercial trucking industry. This has created concerns over the safety of drivers on the road as well as the security of jobs for commercial truck drivers. So what is truth – and what is speculation?
By eliminating up to 50% more wheel-end vibration than competitors, FLEXX significantly reduces tire-related rolling resistance when compared to no balancing or other balancing methods. Because every tire in your fleet can generate rolling resistance, decreasing fuel economy in the process, using FLEXX in all wheel positions will multiply fuel savings.
As the only comprehensive wheel refinishing system that can deliver safe, consistent results, IMI MILCURE sets a new standard for safety and quality in steel wheel refinishing solutions. It offers longer wheel life that keeps semi-trucks on the road, and its focused, three-step inspection process offers you and your service provider superior quality control.
When products are created from integrity and road-tested for the highest quality and efficiency, you can feel confident that your CPM is constantly benefiting from their use. CHECKPOINT was developed with this in mind. CHECKPOINT lug nut indicators provide a quick visual early warning of potential loose wheel nuts, reducing the likelihood of a wheel-off.
While tire injuries can never be completely prevented, a tire sealant solution placed inside the tire can quickly repair punctures up to ¼” to protect against blowouts and to ensure your trucks keep rolling at full pressure and peak efficiency.
The IMI ALUMINATOR is the new innovative way to effectively and efficiently clean aluminum wheels. It was developed with both safety and appearance in mind. Using a combination of components, consumables, and inspections, the IMI ALUMINATOR produces a safe and clean wheel as recommended by TMC standards.
ONLINE MAINTENANCE GUIDE: THE LIFE OF A TRUCK
Whether you run a fleet or are only beginning your driving career, this guide will help you understand the little things that add up to big wins in fleet productivity.