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What is TPMS Technology?

Updated on January 3, 2017

Tire Pressure Management System

When the tyre pressure changes to unsafe levels (and that can be too much pressure as well as too little) a set of sensors which are installed in each tyre that send constant pressure readings to a receiver unit installed in the vehicle alerts the driver and keeps him or her aware of the tyre pressure at all times.

This is a Tire Pressure Management System (aka TPMS).

What are the benefits of TPMS equipped vehicles?

Tires can lose up to half their air pressure before looking like they need attention.

Under inflated tyres are not only a safety hazard, but they also cost the driver money.

Fuel consumption increases when tyres are incorrectly inflated (whetther it is over or under the recommended pressure).

And not just fuel consumption but a tire that is under-inflated by just six pounds per square inch (6 psi) can increase tire wear by 25%!

Safety

  • Up to 40% of European motorists are riding around on under-inflated tires
  • 80% of motorists in the United Kingdom fail to check their tires regularly.
  • 75% of roadside flats are preceded by a slow leak or under inflation

Tire pressure is the most critical safety component on a vehicle, and it is commonly overlooked until its too late.

Installing a TPMS unit allows for the constant monitoring of tire pressure, which means improved braking efficiency, reduced costs of fuel and tire wear, and minimizing the chance of accidents related to under or over inflated tires.

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