Survey Finds Urgency for Digital Integration in Fleet Maintenance and Tire Management

In a survey recently commissioned by Anyline, a new light has been cast on the evolving landscape of fleet maintenance practices, with a focus on tire maintenance and management.

Anyline Fleet Survey

In a survey recently commissioned by Anyline a new light has been cast on the evolving landscape of fleet maintenance practices, with a focus on tire maintenance and management. Drawing responses from a wide array of US-based fleet managers and professionals, the findings spotlight the industry's mixed approach to ensuring vehicle safety and operational efficiency. The results of the survey were announced at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2024 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

"The survey's insights reveal a complex picture. On the one hand, the commitment to tire health and safety among fleet managers is commendable. On the other, the apparent lack of digital integration and the significant portion of fleets uncertain about their inspection routines highlight critical areas for immediate action,” says Lukas Kinigadner, CEO and founder at Anyline. “This is a wake-up call for the industry to leverage technology to not only close these gaps but also to enhance overall fleet efficiency and safety."

Key Takeaways:

  • Diligent Tire Inspections Gaps in Practice: While an impressive 70% of fleets conduct tire inspections at least weekly, showcasing a strong commitment to safety, a concerning 30% of respondents are uncertain about their inspection frequency or perform them only monthly or less often. This disparity underscores a significant area for improvement in regular maintenance checks.
  • Subjective Tire Tread Inspection Methods: 82% of respondents use handheld tire gauges, which only measure one individual point on a tire and are error-prone while 48% rely on visual inspections, which are very subjective. More accurate tire tread measurement methods like drive over gauges, laser readers and tire tread depth scanning via mobile phones are used less than 10% of the time.
  • Manual Delays Overshadow Digital Progress: 66% of fleets still rely on manual data logging, signaling a significant time sink in analog processes. Yet, a trend towards digital adoption is evident, with 54% working towards paperless processes in their operations. This movement underscores an urgent industry call to reduce inefficiencies and embrace digital efficiencies in fleet management.
  • Varied Knowledge but Limited Digital Integration: Despite a majority considering themselves knowledgeable about tire health, the survey reveals a critical gap: only 18% integrate tread information into IT systems. With 52% manually entering data into systems, the industry's slow adoption of digital solutions hampers efficiency and accuracy in maintenance practices.
  • Digital Tools and Data Being Underutilized: The findings further highlight a possible reluctance to embrace technology, with a mere 15% capturing tire sidewall information digitally. This underutilization of available digital tools for maintenance records starkly contrasts with the acknowledged benefits of predictive maintenance and reduced downtime.
  • Compliance and Inspection Methods Need Modernization: Although 74% adhere to performing required Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR), the methods employed—39% still using paper checklists—indicate a lag in adopting more efficient, accurate digital processes.