Kenny Youngman was one of the first trial customers of the ContiConnect® system. Uptime is critical for his cement hauling fleet, which operates in a very time-sensitive industry. Vehicles cannot afford to sit roadside waiting for a tire repair. Learn how he uses the ContiConnect digital tire monitoring platform to protect his tires and deliver his Lowest Overall Driving Cost.
“When we started with [ContiConnect], we found somewhere between five to ten nails a week in our tires,” explains Kenny. "It’s probably one of the most important tools in the past four or five years. We've gotten to the point where we're no longer looking at trailers not knowing which trailer [has a tire that] needs some repairs, but we go right to the one that needs help."
His fleet is also committed to safety. Kenny sees that tire monitoring has improved safety by allowing back office personnel to receive real-time alerts before vehicles leave the fleet yard. His coworker Amanda Gutierrez gets a text message when a vehicle passes the Yard Reader and has a tire with low pressure. She immediately calls the driver to advise him to re-inflate his tire before leaving to pick up a load.
“It helps me ensure that my drivers are safe, and they’re getting there at the right time, when they’re supposed to,” says Amanda.
It helps me ensure that my drivers are safe, and they’re getting there at the right time...
Amanda Gutierrez , Fleet Support
Kenny is confident that ContiConnect lets him get his trucks back out on the road with minimum cost since he is able to repair the tire while the truck is still in the fleet yard, helping prevent roadside breakdowns and tire damage.
“The service call alone from a person coming out to repair your tire could [cost] more than the tire itself,” says Kenny. “If you have $5,000 worth of rubber on the road, wouldn’t you want to protect it?”