An innovative tyre pressure monitoring system has been used by the drivers of more than 107,000 vehicles since it was launched at Welcome Break Keele Services (southbound M6) in March 2015.
The WheelRight drive over system automatically measures and then records the pressure in a vehicle’s tyres. In addition it can assess the vehicle’s weight, load distribution, and tyre temperature.
WheelRight says the free-to-use pilot unit at Keele Services has recorded 84,000 tyre pressure tests for cars and 23,000 tests for HGVs.
WheelRight points to data in the Road Safety Observatory which suggests that In 2012, “25 people were killed and 169 seriously injured in reported road accidents in Great Britain in which illegal, defective or under inflated tyres were recorded as a contributory factor by the police officers investigating the scene”.
Highways England data also suggests that around 20% of all breakdowns could be attributed to a wheel or tyre defect.
John Catling, WheelRight’s chief executive, said: “It’s fair to say that poor tyre pressure presents a very real threat to British roads, so it’s great to see so many drivers taking advantage of WheelRight’s free monitoring service.
“Tyre blow-outs and punctures are things that could lead to secondary incidents and do seriously disrupt traffic flow.
“It’s particularly encouraging to see the logistics sector embrace the system. Tyre maintenance is of course crucial for all road-users, but none more so than HGV drivers.
“Amongst the HGV drivers we’ve spoken to at Keele, there’s an assumption that tyre pressures have already been checked and are correct when the lorry is given the all-clear to leave the depot.
“This practice is not only risky from a safety point of view; it could also be costing fleet operators serious money. On average, tyre under-inflation of just 10% adds an extra £1,000 per year to fleet fuel bills.”