When is tyre pressure too high, exactly right or too low?
It remains one of the most crucial issues when it comes to tyres: tyre pressure. Because trucks normally drive on hardened surfaces, they can do so with a reasonably uniform pressure. But it is wise to always pay attention on this front, because it can help you to reduce fuel consumption and avoid tyre damage.
Maurits Bloem, Product manager Truck tyres: “If customers ask us for advice about appropriate tyre pressure, then we always assume they're talking about ‘in loaded condition’. Everything is based on the maximum load. Because, unfortunately, we do not have a tyre inflation system for trucks, like for agricultural tyres. We only recommend different tyre pressure if trucks regularly drive while not carrying their maximum load.”
Reflected in driving behaviour
The damage cause by over-pressure is much less than the damage caused by under-pressure, explains Maurits Bloem: “If tyre pressure is too low, the tyre can puncture while driving. But driving behaviour indicates when pressure is too high, exactly right or too low. Particularly when using truck tyres with 3D technology, like the Aelous NEO Allroads D+. Over-pressure reduces stability when driving, because the contact surface becomes too small. It then becomes impossible to properly absorb lateral forces. If tyre pressure is exactly right, then the truck will drive in a stable manner. If tyre pressure is too low, the load will place greater pressure on tyres, you will drive less smoothly and will consume more fuel. If you do this over a long period of time, the heat will change the tyre's rubber compound, and it will be damaged beyond repair.”
Monitoring on the rise
Within five years, around half of the trucks in the Netherlands will be equipped with monitoring, which measures whether the correct tyre pressure is being used, predicts Maurits Bloem: “Drivers will then be able read tyre pressure on the board computer and decide if they need to make any changes. The sensor inside the tyres will thus offer a real-time insight. Every Saturday, 5 or 6 of our employees are on the road, doing nothing other than checking tyre pressure. In a few years, we will be able to do this remote thanks to the emergence of sensors.”
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