There’s no doubt that tires are vital in the trucking industry, both for performance and safety. As Covid-19 and supply chain issues continue to strain the trucking industry, proper tire management in a fluid environment has become a hot topic among fleet managers and drivers.
To help you prepare for 2022 and beyond, below are some key factors to pay attention to when it comes to commercial tires down the road:
1. Electric Vehicle Needs
Electric vehicle (EV) technology is quickly gaining acceptance in the commercial truck sector, and with this change comes a lot of unanswered questions. What will maintenance schedules look like? How will EV technology affect budgeting? Do EVs place as much strain on tires and other components?
The answers to all of these questions are being sorted out as more data is gathered in real-world scenarios, but if you’re in fleet management, it would be wise to watch how EV technology evolves as it relates to tire management.
2. Covid-19 and Supply Chain Management
Of course, the biggest story continues to be Covid-19 and the supply chain management issues tied directly to the disruptions caused by the virus. As with anything related to Covid-19, the situation remains fluid across the country and across the world. While some industries are heading back toward more normalized operations, others continue to struggle.
Because of this, you can expect supply chain pressure to continue well into 2022, even in the best of scenarios. This may mean taking a more flexible approach to tire management due to the potential for more or fewer miles being put on your fleet in the coming year. Likely, you will want to have contingency plans in place as well as additional tire supply and maintenance staff available to address both expected and unexpected issues to stay on top of demand.
3. Utilizing Telematics
Telematics will also likely play a significant role in 2022 when it comes to efficient tire management. Today’s telematics technology provides the ability to monitor tires more accurately, allowing commercial truck fleet managers the ability to be alerted to problems earlier. This can give you an edge when it comes to keeping more trucks on the road.
If you are already using telematics technology for your tires, you may consider hiring a data analyst or partnering with an analytics firm to go over your data. Data without analysis is pretty worthless, and you may not have the time needed or expertise required to identify key data
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