| Written by Scott Greggory |
|February 29, 2012 |
(This post was inspired by and includes content from an article at TireReview.com.)
Truck fleets definitely benefit from using on-board tire inflation systems and truck-level TPMS, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Those benefits include fuel savings, longer tire life and lower tire maintenance costs.
Chris Flanigan of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration referred to the 1.4% increase in fuel economy as “a big deal,” and noted that, based on fuel costs of $4.00 per gallon and equipment costs of about $1,500 per tractor-trailer unit, the TPMS and on-board tire inflation systems would pay for themselves within one year.
The Department of Transportation conducted the multi-year study using two regional truck fleets that drove a total of 7 million miles and used 1.15 millions of gas.