Fuel economy and vehicle safety are key elements in the official Volvo Trucks driver training programme and the newest vehicle on the training fleet has been fitted with a Monityre tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) from Safe Europe plc to emphasise the important role of tyre pressure monitoring in achieving these goals.
The Safe Europe Monityre TPMS has been fitted to a Volvo FH-420 6×2 tractor unit, specified with the popular automated I-Shift gearbox, and is pulling a tri-axle Gray & Adams 13.6 metre trailer running at maximum weight 44 tonnes. This vehicle is part of Volvo Trucks’ driver training fleet of trucks that are being used for the company’s CPC Driver Development Programme with major fleet customers and operators.
"Within the CPC training programme, we emphasis fuel economy and our core value of safety, so it’s here that tyre pressure monitoring, using the Monityre system, has become such an important element," said Andy Collett, Truck Evaluation Manager at Volvo Trucks.
He continued, "We talk about the importance of having the correct tyre pressures on your vehicle as part of our overall fuel economy training programme. By having the Monityre TPMS fitted to this Volvo tractor unit, drivers can literally keep an eye on the in-cab display while undergoing their full driver training tuition."
"All participants using this vehicle get to see the tyre pressure monitoring system in operation, which is a good reminder to them about keeping tyre pressures at the correct settings, showing that the truck is set up for optimum fuel economy," added Andy.
Based at Volvo Trucks’ UK head office in Warwick, the Volvo FH-420 6×2 tractor unit is fitted with all the latest safety equipment as well as the Monityre TPMS. "The truck has active cruise control, lane change support and lane keeping support – all systems which complement the Monityre system," said Andy.
"With fuel economy in particular currently being such a hot topic, the decision by leading truck manufacturer Volvo to once again fit Monityre to its driver training vehicles gives all training delegates a clear demonstration of how effective today’s tyre pressure monitoring systems can be," said Paul Marriott, Operations Director at Safe Europe plc.