In recent years, manufacturers have incorporated new sensory systems and technologies as standard to many models. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is one example of tire tech that can be found standard in some vehicles and in aftermarket products.
Here’s everything you need to know about TPMS:
- TPMS indicates to the driver when pressure is critically low.
- Many TPMS systems indicate low tire inflation pressure with a dashboard light only when the tire is critically underinflated.
- When this warning light is activated, immediate action should be taken to pump up your tires to the recommended pressure. It is strongly recommended to have the affected tire be inspected by a qualified tire specialist for any damage.
- It’s important to understand the limitations of TPMS, and to regularly check your tire pressure manually.
- Many TPMS do not indicate changes in tire pressure, which could impact your vehicle’s performance.
- Motorists should understand the TPMS used on their vehicle, including its range of operation and limitations. You can check the vehicle owner’s manual for information on this.
- Tires should be operated at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure (found on the information placard) for maximum safety and optimal handling, braking performance and fuel efficiency.
While a TPMS can help improve your vehicle’s safety, drivers should always manually check their vehicle’s tire pressure regularly rather than relying solely on a TPMS.