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NHTSA report concludes tire pressure monitoring systems are “highly effective”

tire-pressure-monitoring-systemA tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is a simple electronic system which monitors air pressure in vehicle tires and informs drivers when their tires have become underinflated. These systems are extremely useful for both safety and C02 emissions purposes. Since underinflated tires have a higher risk of failure and cannot provide maximum mileage, countries around the world have mandated TPMS systems in new vehicles. In the United States, all light motor vehicles less than 10,000 lbs. are fitted with a tire pressure monitoring system that must alert drivers when their tires are severely underinflated.

So how effective are these systems? Do they actually do what they are supposed to?

In a nutshell: yes. According to a recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “tire pressure monitoring systems are highly effective at preventing significant underinflation.” Tire inflation measurements were taken from 2,316 cars, light trucks and SUVS in a sample designed to be representative of the vehicle breakdown in the U.S. NHTSA officials who analyzed the findings reported that 57% of vehicles equipped with monitoring systems had correct tire pressure, compared to only 43% of vehicles in the group without a TPMS.  As far as tires that were considered “significantly underinflated,” 55% of the tires in this group were non-TPMS, while only 45% had monitoring systems. 

It looks like theres still work to be done, and there’s certainly no excuse for not properly maintaining your tires. If everyone kept their tires at correct pressure levels, we could reduce accidents as well as CO2 emissions. Tire pressure monitoring systems are a great start, and we predict there will be future government mandates that ensure better mileage for all vehicle owners.

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What do new U.S. MPG standards mean for the tire industry?

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President Obama is expected to announce new emissions and mileage standards today, a move designed to usher in a new generation of green technology and minimized environmental impact. The new standards would require a roughly 30% improvement in miles per gallon for all cars and light trucks sold in the United States. This raises the current standard for passenger cars from 27.5 mpg to 42mpg by 2016, and mileage for light trucks from 24 mpg to 26.2 mpg.

The new standards seem to please both states such as California, that have been trying to enact strict emissions standards, and automakers who believed it the states were imposing unfair limits. Now that the regulations are coming from the federal level, automakers have greater reason and justification to comply, and they also have more time to overhaul their vehicle fleets. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club are also very pleased with the new standards, and according to its director, this move is “one of the most significant efforts undertaken by any president, ever, to end our addiction to oil and seriously slash our global warming emissions.”

The new emissions and MPG standards are a great step in the right direction, but what does this mean for tire manufacturers and the tire industry overall? Well, it’s impossible to tell for sure, but it does seem that the market for low rolling resistance tires is about to see a big increase. As auto manufacturers strive to reach the new 42mpg standards, they are going to need all the help they can get to increase efficiency. Low rolling resistance tires such as the Michelin Energy, Continental Contact, Goodyear Assurance FuelMax, Bridgestone Ecopia and more may be eyed as the original equipment tires for the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Falken High Country A/T light truck/SUV tires

 

Falken has announced it will begin producing a new line of light truck/SUV tires: the High Country A/T.

Falken has announced it will begin producing a new line of light truck/SUV tires: the High Country A/T.

Falken Tire has introduced a brand new line of light truck and SUV tires tentatively dubbed the High Country A/T line. This new line of tires feature plenty of truck-friendly specs including a deeper tread depth, heavy siping to improve traction in wet conditions, and M+S (mud/snow) rated performance. The result is a well-rounded tire perfect for the the rugged conditions that most light truck and SUV owners subject their trucks to. If you’re not a fan of off-roading to work, the High Country A/T  still delivers stellar performance on asphalt. 

Thirty-four different sizes of these new wholesale Falken tires (metric, floatation, & LT) are schedule to be shipping to regional distributors in the near future. Rim sizes for the new line range from 15 to 20 inches in diameter to offer support for a diverse lineup of trucks and SUVs. Judging by the performance we’ve seen first-hand from Falken’s line of passenger tires, including models like the Ziex ZE-912 and the ZE-512, we’re expecting the Falken High Country A/Ts to be a top-seller in the industry.

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National Be Tire Smart Week (Canada)

Here’s one holiday that every wholesale tire distributor, retailer and manufacturer in Canada is going to be celebrating from May 11-17: National Be Tire Smart Week! During this event, designed to raise awareness about proper tire maintenance, businesses will engage in a widespread consumer education effort to improve both road safety and gas mileage. According to a survey commissioned by the Rubber Association of Canada, almost 70% of vehicles on Canadian roadways have at least one underinflated or overinflated tire. This leads to a significant decrease in fuel efficiency and poses a safety hazard for not only the vehicle owner, but for every other motorist who is forced to share the road with them.

For business or inviduals who want to get involved in the event, visit the Be Tire Smart Web site for some good ideas. For example, you can set up a tire inflation and maintenance schedule for the company’s vehicle fleet, or make donations for local tire safety campaigns. Your involvement in this nationwide awareness event is also a great opportunity to promote your own services. Whether you offer routine auto repair or if you sell tires, Be Tire Smart Week is a good holiday to team up with in order to spread your marketing message.

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Eco-friendly tires: Yokohama Z.environment

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Breaking news in the eco-friendly tire market – Yokohama has officially announced that all four sizes of its 103ZR fuel efficient truck tires are now at full production. The 103ZR model is part of Yokohama’s Z.environment line which also includes 703ZL and 501ZA models. The Z.environment tires offer a combination of rubber compound, tread design and casing construction to create a long-lasting tread and low rolling resistance, which ultimately equates to better fuel mileage.

Other features of the 103ZR models include stone ejection technology, stronger and more pliable rubber, a wide and deep tread that promotes even wear, and a casing construction that predicts changes in tire shape that occur with early wear. All of these features make the 103ZR Z.environment tires a great all-position truck tire for any application. These eco-friendly wholesale Yokohama truck tires will be available at regional wholesale dealers in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for what is sure to be a popular product line.

The four available sizes are:

  •  295/75R22.5 14(G) and 16(H) ply
  •  11R22.5 14(G) and 16(H) ply
  •  285/75R24.5 14(G) ply
  •  11R24.5 14(G) and 16(H) ply

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