Do you know the recommended tyre pressures for your car?
In a survey conducted by Halfords, only 68% of drivers knew the correct tyre pressures for their vehicles. Even more distressing was the fact that 60% of drivers couldn’t identify the low tyre pressure warning light.
Furthermore, 50% of drivers claim to have ignored the tyre warning light – even though they knew their vehicle didn’t have the correct air pressure. Driving with under-inflated tyres can have devastating consequences. It’s important you reference the vehicle handbook to ensure you have the correct inflation for your tyre size.
New vehicles are fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS sensors) as standard. Although not all TPMSs on new vehicles are the same, some provide ‘direct’ monitoring whilst others provide ‘indirect’ monitoring. Find out the difference here and identify what type of car TPMS your vehicle has.
The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is fitted to a vehicle which constantly monitors the pressures or pressure imbalance in the tyres. Supplying you with a warning to the driver if they fall below a set threshold. However, TPMS isn’t a replacement for manual tyre safety checks.
In the EU it’s been the law that as of November 2014 all new passenger vehicles must have a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard. When it comes to having an MOT test, removing the TPMS will result in the vehicle failing the MOT.
From the 20th June 2019, a malfunction with the Cars TPMS will no longer be considered a minor defect, but a major. This means that a vehicle will fail the MOT if its TPMS is not functioning properly.
But what are the benefits of having TPMS fitted to your car
- Alert the driver when incorrect pressures are detected
- Improved safety. Having the correct tyre pressures reduces braking times, making them more reliable
- Lower fuel consumption
- Reduced C02 emissions
- Reduced risk of damage to the surface of the tyres
- A smoother drive
- Better control of your vehicle
TPMS kits can also be fitted to older vehicles with no tyre pressure monitoring system installed.
Do cars with run flat tyres require a TPMS?
Run flat tyres should only be fitted to vehicles with a TPMS system installed. This is because the tyres are designed to provide a limited run period following a puncture. Usually it’s around 50 miles of use from receiving the puncture but please check the manufacturers documentation.
Run flat tyres are usually identified by the “RF” marking found on the tyre sidewall.
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A TPMS will give the driver of the vehicle a real-time snapshot of the tyre condition, including the tyre temperature as well as pressure. Blowouts occur when the tyre overheats and could easily cause an accident.
If you’d like to discuss a TPMS for your vehicle, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team of experts will be happy to advise you.