Tyre pressure monitoring system checks
National Tyre Safety Month continues with TyreSafe reminding drivers to not rely solely on tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).
While this valued technology has been proven to improve road safety by advising of a change in tyre pressure, drivers need t check their TPMS is working and be aware that is does not warn drivers of the condition of their tyres. While typically reliable the system can fail and batteries in the wheel-mounted sensors can run out.
All new cars sold are now fitted with TPMS as mandatory. To check it's working, drivers need to ensure the TPMS symbol comes on with all the other warning lights when the ignition key is turned and goes out after the engine starts.
Regrettable, too many drivers are ignoring the warning lights as the number of MOT failures due to faulty TPMS systems rose by over 200% between 2015 and 2016
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said "The introduction of TPMS was a valuable step forward in tyre safety but drivers should be more aware of it and the warnings it is capable of producing. Tyre Safety Month is the ideal time to learn exactly what is does so you don't rely on it to warn you of defects it simply cannot detect. Don't have a Bad Air Day double-check your TPMS system is working as it should."
Hometyre offer TPMS checks, can advise on battery life and can replace fully systems or service parts.
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