Getting drivers to take responsibility for company vehicles is one of the many challenges a fleet manager will face on a day-to-day basis.
Drivers should carry out a weekly or monthly check, but I’ll admit that checking tyre pressure wasn’t something I did on a regular basis, beyond visible checks ensuring the tyre wasn’t flat.
Since November 1, 2014, tyre pressure monitoring systems (or TPMS for short) have been mandatory on new cars sold in Europe. These systems monitor the pressure of each tyre and display dashboard warnings if a tyre is not correctly inflated.
Our long-term Corsa recently displayed one of these warnings and it was a handy reminder that any driver could understand. The pressure was only 2psi off the recommended level, so would probably have gone unnoticed otherwise.
A quick visit to the local filling station rectified the issue. It’s an easy way to prompt drivers into action, and ensure the tyres are correctly inflated, safe, and will, in theory, last longer.