Proper Tire Pressure Improves Safety and Fuel Economy

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(GURNEE, ILLINOIS) - - How often do you check the air pressure in your tires? Next to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Chicago area manufacturer RealWheels Corporation (RWC) has been producing wheel accessories for the heavy truck industry for over 30 years. Their newest product is the Tire Watch, a patented air pressure monitoring device designed to improve safety and fuel efficiency.

It’s common knowledge that low tire pressure causes premature tire wear, a loss of fuel mileage, and greatly affects the handling and safety of the vehicle. Proper tire inflation improves the handling characteristics of the vehicle and minimizes the chance for a rollover. In fact, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) issued a requirement for all fire apparatus (the NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Apparatus) regarding tire pressure. “We now supply thousands of LED (Tire Watch) monitors to the fire industry.” Says RWC President, Jan Polka, “Any vehicle that carries freight or passengers should consider adding them.”

Polka and the team at RWC are encouraged with the amount of response from the other industries including Towing, Ambulance, Motorcoach, Waste Management and commercial fleets. To help serve these markets, RWC provides a kit that includes valve-stem extensions and stabilizers, especially important for fire trucks, ambulances and commercial trucks that have dual tires in the rear. The standard dual tire setup usually makes it hard to take a manual reading on the inner tires. This system from RWC makes it easy. In addition, you can have an inner tire that’s flat and not noticeable, making the outer tire do all the work. This could easily lead to a rupture, overheating, cornering and breaking issues—all things that could cause a serious accident.

The “Tire Watch” is a very simple to install, stainless steel valve cap that features an LED warning light that gets your attention by flashing when the tire pressure drops just 8psi. Selling for less than $15 each, it is easy to see why additional industries are taking notice. Polka added, “For many of the industries we serve, the increased fuel economy and reduction of tire wear are powerful financial incentives for adding such a low cost and important safety feature.”