MICHELIN HELPS ARVAL EMPLOYEES TO GET THEIR TYRE PRESSURES RIGHT
Stoke-on-Trent – January 3, 2013
The number of Arval employees driving their cars on correctly inflated tyres has increased significantly over the past four years thanks to a series of annual awareness events delivered in conjunction with Michelin.
Results from Michelin’s latest Fill Up With Air roadshow at Arval, where Michelin staff checked the tyre pressures and tread depths of 151 Arval employee vehicles, show that more than two thirds of tyres tested were at the correct pressure, or less than seven psi under-inflated.
That is an improvement of 38 per cent compared to figures from the first Michelin event held at Arval in 2008. In addition, the number of cars found to have tyre pressures considered to be very dangerous – more than 15 psi under-inflated – has dropped to three per cent in four years.
It is thought the increase in correct tyre pressures has been encouraged by the installation of a Michelin Man air-line at Arval’s head office in Swindon; a tyre pressure gauge that employees and visitors to the Arval Centre can use for free.
Tracey Scarr, Arval’s Fleet and Road Safety Manager, said: “Working with Michelin on the regular Fill Up With Air events and installing the Michelin Man pressure gauge on-site has really helped driver awareness of the importance of correct tyre pressures. This is shown by the positive results that we are seeing.
“We began holding Michelin’s Fill Up With Air events to understand if employees were properly maintaining their tyres and to increase employee awareness of the benefits of doing so. These events give all Arval employees, whether they drive for business or not, the opportunity to have their tyres checked by an independent expert.
“Through our ongoing driver safety programme, we give our employees a great deal of information and support and initiatives like this provide further examples of how we can help them to reduce their road risk.
“Tyres are a crucial element of vehicle maintenance. Properly inflated tyres make drivers safer and can also reduce their fuel consumption.
“Checking and correcting tyre pressures is straightforward, but it is still an area which is routinely neglected by too many drivers in the UK.
“At Arval we are keen that all of our colleagues are as safe as possible on the roads, whether they are driving for business or pleasure, which is why we continue to support and educate all employees.”
Paul Brady, Michelin’s Key Account Manager for Arval, said: “We have checked 736 vehicles at Arval since 2008 and we are really pleased to see a continuing improvement in results.
“It goes to prove that the effort the business is going to in developing safety awareness among drivers is really paying off. Arval is setting a fantastic example and we would encourage other companies to follow suit.”
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tyres for every type of vehicle, including aircraft, bicycles, cars, earthmoving machines, farm equipment, trucks and motorcycles. Michelin employs 115,000 people, has sales organisations in more than 170 countries and operates 69 production sites in 18 countries throughout five continents. The Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases and offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com. Research and development is undertaken in technology centres in Asia, Europe and North America.
Arval UK (www.arval.co.uk)
Arval UK, part of the Arval Group, is a leader in the provision of vehicle funding and fleet management solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, it has 40 years of industry experience. Focused on service quality, Arval UK is a people-led company, with specialist teams dedicated to businesses from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Arval is investing significantly in technology to improve fleet efficiency and has a comprehensive range of products and services covering funding solutions including contract hire, vehicle maintenance, fuel management, accident management, breakdown recovery, rental, full outsourcing and consultancy services.
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