Bridgestone Americas is expanding its portfolio of technology solutions with PressureStat™, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) launched for off-the-road (OTR) tyres in the construction, quarry, underground hard rock and port industries. The PressureStat system is easy to use and provides instant access to important tyre pressure and temperature data, allowing customers to accurately manage tyre pressure on a real-time basis.“At Bridgestone, we take pride in producing best-in-class products and delivering solutions-based technology to help our customers lower their total cost of ownership,” said Rob Seibert, Director Marketing, commercial off-the-road tyres, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We recognized an opportunity to expand our TPMS offering beyond giant radial tyres to empower our OTR customers across our entire portfolio of products. With the PressureStat system, they not only can improve tyre performance, but also increase jobsite safety and reduce unplanned downtime.”Tire pressure is critical in OTR applications to ensure a vehicle’s weight is evenly distributed, preventing uneven wear and increasing tyre performance. The PressureStat system facilitates tyre asset monitoring and optimization with:Easy-to-install valve stem sensors that save time and moneyOnboard alerts to the driver that make them aware of potential issues before they impact operationsBluetooth connectivity that seamlessly provides real-time pressure updates to mobile devicesInstant inspection reports for the entire fleet available on desktop or mobile device with Bridgestone TreadStat™ Tire and Rim Management softwareStreamlined forecasting and analysis when combined with TreadStat software, allowing users to report on the condition of tyres and rims from any device, anywhere in the world.PressureStat is a user-friendly, competitively priced tyre pressure monitoring solution backed by Bridgestone, a global leader in off-the-road tyre manufacturing, service and support.
WET AND WINDY weather conditions combined with a growing number of older cars on the road prompted an 11 per cent rise last month in the number of motorists contacting the AA due to a breakdown.Figures released by the motoring association also show a 27 per cent increase in call-outs to motorists with engine problems, 15 per cent increase in motorists with flat batteries, and a rise of 12 per cent in the number of motorists getting flat tyres.Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at the AA, said that engines are forced to work “much harder in winter”, leading to more break-downs and an increased need for maintenance.However, he also said that the increase in breakdowns is down to people keeping their cars for longer: Irish people are hanging on to their present cars for longer these days and there is no doubt that this is why we are seeing more car breakdowns.“This has been evident all year but it was striking how many car breakdowns happened in the last month that were caused at least in part by cars not being prepared for poor weather.”While some are keeping their cars for longer, CSO figures last week revealed a 16 per cent increase in the number of new private cars licensed for the first time.As winter sets in, the AA is advising motorists to keep an eye on the several aspects of their car’s maintenance to avoid running into difficulties:Avoid using worn tyres, as this will lead to a loss of grip in wet or frosty road conditions.Top up your engine’s coolant with anti-freeze.Ensure your windscreen washer fluid is topped up.Oil and break fluid should be topped up as normal.Read: Volkswagen most popular as new vehicle licenses jump 16 per cent >Debunked: Does switching off your engine when stuck in traffic save fuel? > read more