Assessment of Tire Technologies and Practices for Potential Waste and Energy Use Reductions

This research investigates tire maintenance management practices and tire-related vehicle technologies that have the potential to relieve some of the tire purchasing and disposal cost and waste burdens on private vehicle owners and fleet managers. Behavior, attitudes, and practices of fleet personnel and individual drivers as they relate to tire attributes and technologies are investigated. Critical practices that could improve tire purchasing, tire management, and average tire life within existing vehicles in vehicle fleets are recommended. Several fleet practices that offer substantial potential improvements in tire-related energy and waste consequences are identified: tire pressure monitoring, nitrogen as a tire inflation medium, and the selection of tires with lower rolling resistance. All three are commercially available and promising in terms of their potential benefits. Best practices recommendations, meant to serve as a guide for improving tire practices in vehicle fleets, are developed.

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01147386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCD-ITS-RR-06-11
  • Contract Numbers: IWM-03079
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 14 2009 4:39PM