What is TPMS?
Driving with incorrect tyre pressure is very dangerous – under inflated tyres can overheat and over inflated tyres can suffer from a lack of grip, which can cause accidents at any time, especially in bad weather. As well as the aforementioned problems, using tyres with incorrect pressure can hurt your wallet, too – under or over inflated tyres have to be replaced more often than those with the correct pressure. By keeping your pressure regulated, you can enjoy a number of benefits – the longevity of your tyres is increased, the fuel efficiency of your vehicle improves and the handling of your vehicle becomes much better and more responsive.
It is important to regularly inspect your tyres and check that the pressure is at the correct level. While it can be very difficult to notice with the naked eye if air is escaping, it is estimated that a tyre will lose around two pounds of air every month, so by checking regularly you can keep on top of your tyre pressure and ensure that it doesn’t exceed or fall below the required levels.
TPMS is the acronym for Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, which is used in vehicles worldwide and has been a mandatory presence in all vehicles manufactured since November 2014.
The TPMS activates a warning light on the dashboard whenever the tyre pressure drops by 20% or more – this is equivalent to 6-7 psi. These systems were first introduced to the UK in 1992, and as you can imagine, they were somewhat groundbreaking back then, so they were not readily available to all road users. Technological advances over the years meant that in 2014, EU law decreed that every single vehicle to be manufactured from then on had to be fitted with a TPMS.
Just like the tyres themselves, your Tyre Pressure Monitoring System has to be inspected regularly, too, to ensure it is as accurate as possible. As such, from January 2nd 2015, it became a mandatory part of your MoT to have a working TPMS. In 2012, an illuminated TPMS light or a fault with your sensor would have resulted in an advisory, but the law now states that if your TPMS light is illuminated or the sensor is not working correctly, your vehicle will fail the test.
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