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How to check tire pressure?


Your team should use a combination of visual checks, manual checks, and monitoring technology to avoid low tire pressure.

a. Visual check

Have your drivers or maintenance team perform a visual check on the tires every day. If they notice an underinflated tire, they should examine the tire further before getting in and driving the vehicle. Further examination is explained below.

b. Use a tire pressure gauge

The best way to get a proper read on a vehicle’s tire pressure is by using a tire pressure gauge. These can be bought at your local hardware store or auto parts store. These tools will get you a precise and direct read of each tire’s psi.

c. Make sure the Tire Pressure Monitoring System is working

Vehicles made in 2008 or after should be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). If they detect your tire pressure is low, a light will notify you on your dashboard to check the tire pressure. A vehicle’s TPMS has a lifespan of about five to 10 years so this should be kept in mind during maintenance.

d. Use a fleet vehicle tracking system

Many fleet tracking systems include vehicle maintenance features that help fleet managers know if and when their vehicles need to be checked for deflated tires. (This is just one of the many major advantages of vehicle tracking for small businesses.)

Pro tip: Consider adding these tips for avoiding low tire pressure into your company’s fleet vehicle maintenance checklist to ensure they get done.

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