Pressure On: The impact of tyre wear on the environment

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What is the importance of tyre wear?

In the previous episode of Pressure On, Marcus talked us through some real world examples of how an Automatic Tyre Inflation System (ATIS) can offer real world savings for all business sectors and their commercial vehicles. This included a look at the return on investment (ROI) and a link to the savings calculator on the Celerity DRS website.

In the latest episode of the tyre related web series, Marcus provides a brief overview of how important it is for a vehicle’s tyres to be inflated at the optimum pressure, and how this in turn will keep a tyre healthier; extending the life of the tyre and the impact on the environment.

Underinflation is one of the biggest factors which affects the wear of a tyre, causing the wear to become uneven and the life of the tyre to be shortened. There are several factors which can affect the inflation of a tyre, including leakages between the tyre and the rim, leakage from the valve, and even cracks in the rim. There is also the natural osmosis of air which equates to roughly 0.5 bar per month (7.5 psi/month) on average. The age of the tyre, the material it is made from, and the load weight of the vehicle will also affect the pressure within the tyre – which in turn will affect how quickly a tyre will degrade, leading to costs associated with downtime and the replacement of the tyre.

Tyres that are checked regularly and kept at the recommended inflation levels will not only stay healthier and have a longer life on the road, but there is also a much higher probability that the tyre can be re-tread, or re-moulded, successfully.

Thankfully, one of the biggest benefits of an Automatic Tyre Inflation System is that the tyre pressure is maintained at all times, even when the vehicle is stationary or travelling to its destination. And because modern tyres are designed to be re-treaded, a healthy tyre can see upwards of 500,000 miles of use during its lifetime, and be re-treaded once, twice or even three times.

Having an ATIS installed on your vehicles is an important first step in making sure an organisation stays committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

The environmental impact of re-treading

In today’s environmentally astute and conscious society, it is important that business owners make sure their commercial fleets are as green as possible – and re-treading is an incredibly successful, environmentally friendly option for the recycling of tyres.

Every tyre that is re-tread means that one less new tyre must be manufactured, and less tyres have to be disposed of each year. The US EPA estimates a greater than 70% saving in oil for a re-tread compared to a new tyre. This also means a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to reducing the amount of raw materials that need to be extracted and refined before they go into the production of a new tyre.

Having an ATIS installed on your vehicles is an important first step in making sure an organisation stays committed to reducing their carbon footprint and it also provides the best possible chance that a tyre can be re-used – it is cost effective and helps your business be environmentally responsible.

We hope you have found Episode three of Pressure On as informative and useful as episodes one and two. Episode four will focus on tyre maintenance, and how it can benefit and improve a fleet’s productivity.


Additional articles in the Pressure On series

Episode 3 covers just a few of the benefits of installing an ATIS on a trailer and episodes 1, 3 and 4 look at various other topics relating to tyres and commercial vehicles. Watch the videos below for further information or read the additional articles on the CDRS blog.

For further information, connect with us on the Celerity DRS  LinkedIn page or get in touch with the team via the Contact Us page on the website.


View the episodes on YouTube!

For an easy to understand look at the world of Automatic Tyre Inflation – we have condensed all four Pressure On articles into short video clips. Click the links below to view the entire series on YouTube.

Pressure On | Episode 1 | What is the difference between TPMS and ATIS?

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Pressure On | Episode 2 | What is the ROI offered by an Automatic Tyre Inflation System?

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Pressure On | Episode 3 | What is the importance of Tyre Wear?

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Pressure On | Episode 4 | How does correct tyre maintenance improve productivity?

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