Blown-out, flat or damaged tires are considered by fleets to be at least a leading cause of roadside maintenance calls for commercial trucks, while underinflated tires are the single-biggest source of tire issues in general.

To help prevent these tire-related maintenance and safety problems, technology suppliers have introduced a variety of automatic tire inflation systems, or ATIS, and tire pressure monitoring systems, or TPMS.

But trucking companies must decide which approach is best for their operations: ATIS systems that automatically add air to underinflated tires, TPMS systems that prompt the driver to take action when a tire is low, a combination of both ATIS and TPMS or simply relying on their drivers to carefully check tire pressure manually.

Motor carriers as well as suppliers typically are quick to say there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

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