HANOVER, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--When car tyres literally run out of puff, it can be dangerous: If tyre pressure is too low, perhaps after a gradual loss of air, the driver may lose control of the car under certain circumstances in extreme situations. In any event, fuel consumption increases when tyre pressure is wrong, and wear on the tyres increases. So-called tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) provide added safety and greater fuel economy. From the 1st of November 2014, these systems form part of the compulsory equipment for new car registrations in the EU (vehicles in class M1).
Get to a workshop when you lose pressure
So that car tyres can deliver good grip, they need some attention. Both tyre tread depth and pressure need to be checked regularly. “We recommend checking tyre pressure every two weeks. Experience has shown that many motorists neglect this”, says Philip von Grolman from mytyres.co.uk. The EU wide TPMS requirement for cars and camper vans should help here. If there is any loss of pressure, the driver will see a warning on their dashboard. “In this case you should look for a workshop immediately, or stop the car and call an emergency breakdown service, otherwise your driving safety can be compromised”, emphasises Philip von Grolman.
Increased maintenance costs
However, this additional safety increases maintenance costs. So vehicles fitted with a direct TPMS will have their sensors checked at every tyre service - this also applies when changing from summer to winter tyres. Before fitting these tyres yourself on those vehicles, von Grolman recommends: “Due to the complex technology, we recommend a visit to a specialist workshop, which have the special tools and programming”. Motorists should also avoid tyre repairs, for example with puncture sprays, on cars with a direct TPMS. Use of these puncture aids can lead to chemical reactions, which damage the sensor and the tyres.
TPMS systems compared
Direct or indirect tyre pressure control systems (TPMS): Both versions with their respective advantages are used by the car manufacturers. With direct systems the pressure is checked by sensors in each tyre. The result is very accurate data capture, but there is an associated increase in maintenance and tyre change expense. It is best to leave fitting new tyres, or changing from summer to winter tyres to the professionals. Indirect systems use existing sensors, such as ESP and ABS, and record tyre pressure via tyre rotation speed. This approach is less accurate, but does mean there is less additional effort when changing tyres. You can find more information at www.mytyres.co.uk/TPMS-Info.html.
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