Since November 2014, all cars come with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fitted as standard. They are small sensors attached to the wheels that help you keep an eye on the tyre pressure. If the pressure falls below a certain level then the system will alert you with a warning on your dashboard. If this happens - check the amount of pressure in each tyre as soon as you can.
(Warning light for TPMS - image: Tire-Rifik)
Why is it important?
When you're driving around in your car - it's important that your tyres are properly inflated. They're the only part of the car keeping you in contact with the road. Your braking, cornering and safety could all be compromised with under inflated tyres.
Under inflated tyres can also hurt your pocket too - The car will use more fuel than usual and the tyres wear faster than normal. It also means emitting more CO2 which harms the planet. If you feel the car is using more fuel than usual… It could be under inflated tyres. Check your tyres once a month and/or before every long journey.
Under inflated tyres can also affect :-
- The handling of your car
- The speed capability
- Load carrying capacity
It's so important that you keep yourself and other drivers safe on the roads by checking the pressure monthly or before long journeys.
Your dashboard TPMS warning should look like this : -
Tyresafe is the UK’s charity that are dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of illegal and defective tyres. They have a video to explain the TPMS system and the importance of correctly inflated tyres.
If your TPMS is not functioning properly or is faulty, it will lead you to fail your MOT. It’s an important feature for your car and will provide additional safety on our roads.
The TPMS is only an aid and will alert us when things go wrong… We can always prevent that by maintaining a satisfactory level of pressure in our tyres.