Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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www.truckinginfo.com NOVEMBER 2014 • HDT 97 hardly worth the effort." While that management approach would not fly with Scott Perry, it's just fine with Darry Stuart. Stuart is of two minds on that depth of tire tracking. At one end of the spectrum, for fleets that have the wherewithal to pull it off, tire accounting can produce a very robust cost model. But it seldom gets past stage one because of the complexity. "Generally speaking, most fleets manage tires by what I call general ledger accounting," he says. "They take total tire cost and then divide it by the miles traveled — either book miles, satellite, miles or whatever measurement they use. The average, and even above average fleet doesn't measure tires very well, because the majority of them will charge the tire going on, but they won't credit the tire coming off if it has any value." He cites an example where a fleet put three sets of tires on a steer axle over a short time because a driver was complaining about them. The fleet will charge a thousand dollars each time to install the tires, but never credit the tire coming off even though it's only partially worn. For example, three brand-new steer tires go on with 23/32 of tread. They come off three weeks later with 22/32. The problem is, many fleets don't have the architecture in their account- ing systems to credit the tire coming off with all that rubber still on it. "If those tires are moved to another position or another tractor, there's a good chance it will go on at no cost because the tire can't be charged twice," says Stuart. "It's an accounting problem, but it costs the fleet the abil- ity to track the tires by vehicle." He says fleets using general ledger accounting are missing opportunities. With this approach, the tire's second or third life often goes unaccounted for. If the tire is moved to a trailer, and the fleet has a 3-to-1 or 4-to-1 trailer to tractor ratio, there's a lot of 32nds of rubber that are never accounted for. If PRO ORT Increase the comfort and style of your truck with a new seat from Bostrom Seating. Bostrom Seating's premium seats provide you with the greatest comfort available and also make your truck show worthy. A new Pro Ride or Wide Ride II will take your truck to the next level. Our Pro Ride seat features a 21" wide ergonomic cushion and a choice of a HiPro or LoPro suspension to help damper road vibration. Our Wide Ride II provides the ultimate comfort with it's exclusive use of Serta ® Cool- Action TM Memory Foam and a larger 23" seating area. Find out more today at www.bostromseating.com 1-800-459-7328 www.bostromseating.com facebook.com/bostromseating Pro Ride Wide Ride II Circle 242 on Reader Action Card Comprehensive tire management can turn a pile of beat-up rubber into a pile of gold.

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