Safety is a topic that everyone who drives on the road must observe, especially when driving powerful heavy-duty utility vehicles like a septic truck. Keeping up with regular maintenance is essential to ensure that these trucks that are driven on public roads and to work sites are as safe as possible. Routine monitoring of tire pressure is one of th important maintenance points that needs careful attention; incorrect pressure is not only unsafe, it is inefficient as well. To avoid mishaps and create a work environment that is as cost-effective as possible, it is recommended that important safety checks are performed on these massive extraction vehicles on a daily basis, including the monitoring of the vehicle's tire pressure before setting out for all daily work activity.
The Importance of Proper Inflation
Regardless of the size or type of the vehicle, having properly inflated tires is vital to its operation; it is even more so the case with industrial trucks and heavier vehicles like septic trucks. Many of these extraction machines currently on the road are being driven on under-inflated tires which can create a serious safety hazard. When this is allowed to occur, excess wear on the treads and side-walls of the wheels is created when the vehicle is driven. If this problem persists, it increases the chance of premature failure, which can be catastrophic when being driven on the road. The heavier a vehicle, the greater the wear will be on the wheels and the greater the chances of a serious accident occurring if a failure is experienced. This is why it is critical that tire pressure be checked frequently, even if it seems like a tedious job no matter how unimportant it may seem.
The Value of Proper Pressure
Another major factor when using tires that are not correctly inflated is that the cost required to operate the vehicle is increased. Because of unnecessary, added wear on the treads and side-walls, wheels need to be replaced much sooner than would have otherwise been necessary, which is quite an expense when dealing with septic trucks. Additionally, because under-inflated tires increase the amount of surface area that is in contact with the road, a vehicle's fuel efficiency is directly affected. With more of the wheel on the ground, engines must work harder to keep the vehicle moving, which in turn increases fuel consumption as well as exhaust and emissions that are dispelled into the air. It has been estimated that fleet trucks use as much as 2 percent more fuel because of poorly inflated tires; when paired with a more frequent need to replace damaged wheels, costs can really add up by the end of a year.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
One of the best ways to be sure that the inflation level of tires for fleet trucks is optimal enough to operate with maximum efficiency is with a wireless pressure monitoring system. The monitoring units sit inside the truck cab where drivers can monitor all pressure areas and be alerted if the pressure goes down in any one of them. By mounting a remote pressure sensor on each tire valve stem, pressure information is transmitted to the monitor at all times, making it easier to ensure that septic trucks and other similar fleet equipment are being operated with safely inflated tires.
When septic trucks or other heavy vehicles are being operated, there is so much to be gained by investing in wireless pressure monitoring systems. Besides the obvious safety measures, the monetary savings alone should make it well worth the initial expense to install this extremely helpful technology. The cost savings in reduced fuel and tire costs plus the increased driving safety make this a combination that is well, priceless!