Tyre pressure is an important factor to monitor for all drivers in the UK. This measurement is able to affect a number of different things such as the fuel consumption of your vehicle, your steering and the wear on your tyres, which can be uneven and lead to dangerous driving conditions whenever colder conditions come into play.
For one reason or another, tyre pressure is something that can easily be forgotten, however, and often drivers will neglect to check it for periods of time. From November 1st, though, a new regulation in the UK will require drivers to have a new device fitted to their vehicle that will monitor tyre pressure constantly.
From November 1st, all new cars across the EU will be required to be fitted with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). So with this change imminent, what do you need to know about the new regulation?
- What is TPMS? TPMS is a system that works through a device installed within the vehicle and linked to the tyres. For all new cars on the road from November 1st, the system will monitor tyre pressure at all times, as well as their temperature, alerting drivers if there is a problem. In theory, it will allow all problems to be dealt with straight away, meaning that drivers can book an appointment to have tyres changed before any real issues arise.
- Why do I need TPMS? For reasons relating to both safety and economy, tyre pressure should be monitored frequently, so TPMS takes away issues such as people forgetting or just neglecting to check. Incorrectly inflated tyres can cause problems such as reduced grip, reduced cornering ability, increased braking distance, increased fuel consumption and faster wear of tyres.
- What if I check my tyres regularly? One of the big problems that TPMS eradicates is the fact that a puncture can go undetected. In the vast majority of cases, tyre blowouts are a result of an issue that could have been dealt with earlier if it was diagnosed, so TPMS will almost eradicate this issue.
- Can TPMS be retrofitted? Yes. It is not necessary for any vehicle registered before November 1st 2014 to have a TPMS system, but it can be retrofitted to vehicles with relative ease. A mechanic simply needs to screw a sensor to each wheel (where the dust cap usually is), which means they don't need to be removed. These transmit wirelessly to the unit on your dashboard within the car.
- Do I need TPMS on any other vehicles? As per the new EU regulation, only new passenger vehicles registered after November 1st 2014 will need to have TPMS fitted.
Posted by Danielle Barge