Proactive Solutions helps Reynolds’ fleet tyre costs

Reynolds reports that Goodyear Proactive Solutions has helped the UK fresh food fleet reduce its tyre costs by almost 25 per cent

Goodyear Proactive Solutions has helped a leading UK fresh food fleet reduce its tyre costs by almost 25 per cent. Reynolds, which is based in Waltham Cross, London, was keen to sign up to the system to help it mitigate against rising costs on its 234-vehicle fleet, which includes 19 trailers, local and regional haulage plus some logistic deliveries.

Proactive Solutions, which features telematics and predictive analytics technology, uses intelligent computer algorithms, data derived from Goodyear’s commercial tyre business to enable fleet operators to identify and resolve tyre-related issues before they happen.

Reynolds, which operates across the UK as it fulfils next-day delivery services to the food service and catering industries, said it was introduced to Goodyear Proactive Solutions when it was researching options for reducing the miles-per-gallon on the trunking fleet and cut down its overall tyre costs.

Steve White, head of fleet support for Reynolds, said that the team were impressed with the system and recognised immediate benefits when they implemented the TPMS solution with automated alarms system on eight of their trailers.

The TPMS system collects and tracks real-time data on the pressure and temperature of a fleet’s tyres, identifying inadequate inflation, air leaks and mechanical problems. It also enables fleet managers to receive alerts and detailed reports on incident risks and schedule maintenance operations.

“We had highlighted that a major concern was tyre issues on the double-deck trailers, with blow outs and constant tread damage caused by low tyre pressure,” he said.

“Since introducing Goodyear Proactive Solutions, we experienced fewer tyre punctures and tread damage, seen a 25 per cent reduction in tyre costs on our double-deck trailers and recorded a significant improvement in roadside tyre issues.

“Although improved miles per gallon was hard to define, the technology highlighted a number of issues around maintenance and tyre management, which is an important consideration for any fleet manager. We’ve certainly benefitted from using Goodyear Proactive Solutions and the feedback has been positive. For us, it is the ideal support for the front line trunking fleet and would recommend it, especially on double-deck trailers.”

Goodyear designed and developed Proactive Solutions with commercial fleet operators with the aim of increasing fleet efficiency by avoiding up to 75 per cent of tyre-related breakdowns. The system aims to help reduce the total cost of operations by cutting fuel costs by as much as £300 per vehicle.

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