The Tire Pass process is rather straightforward. When a trucker opts to refuel at a Love's location where Tire Pass is in place, he or she will use the dedicated Tire Pass fueling lane. At that point, the designated Love's Tire Pass employee greets the driver and starts the process by scanning QR codes on the tractor and trailer. This identifies the units for the Tire Pass system, which then loads the fleet's operating specs for those units.
The Love's employee then attaches pressure hoses to each tire. The hoses are attached to automated pressure gauges that measure the pressure and pump up underinflated tires to the fleets' prescribed operating pressure.
By the time the Love's employee has worked his or her way around a truck, attaching 10 or 18 hoses, the first one should be done with its check, Love's said. The employee removes the hose and checks the tread depth using a Blue-tooth enabled depth gauge. These measurements are also recorded automatically.
Once the Tire Pass operator is finished — the bogie time initially is roughly 10 minutes — the station can print out a report for the driver showing pressures, if pressure adjustments were made and the tread depths on each tire. This information also is captured and sent to the fleet.
Love's is charging $5 a unit — a tractor is one unit as is each trailer — per visit for the service, and therefore recommends it be done once every couple of weeks or so.