The Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, is perhaps one of the most underrated. But very important safety features for two-wheelers/four-wheelers. TPMS is defined as a system installed in a vehicle that can perform the function of evaluating tire inflation pressure. Changes in that pressure over time and sending the corresponding information to the user while driving.
Through this thread and the accompanying survey, the intention is to gather opinions about your experience with TPMS. So that a wider audience can understand and ultimately use it to improve their own safety. Personally, while I know about TPMS, I saw it being used in the mainstream about 3-4 years ago when I started seeing people buying external tire sensors.
However, now that I have a car with a built-in TPMS, it makes its importance clear to me. First, I tried to highlight the benefits of having this option in this thread/poll. After that, I made an effort to differentiate between the various groups. The inflation pressure of a pneumatic tyre has a direct impact on its dynamic performance.
The inflation pressures must be altered and maintained as required by the car manufacturer. For important characteristics including braking distance and lateral stability. Extreme under-inflation also has the potential to result in mechanical and thermal stress brought on by overheating and the subsequent, unexpected demise of the tyre itself. Underinflation also has a negative impact on fuel economy and tyre wear.
Not only can tyres leak air when they are punctured, but they also naturally do so. Over the course of a year, even a typical new tyre that is fitted properly will lose anywhere from 2 to 10 psi, roughly 10% or even more of its initial pressure. Some no-brainer advantages of having a TPMS:
1. Fuel Savings
According to the GITI (S’pore-based company), for every 10% of under-inflation on each tyre on a vehicle, a 1% reduction in fuel economy will occur. The Department of Transportation calculates that under-inflated tyres lose 2 billion US gallons of fuel annually in the United States alone.
2.Extended Tyre Life
Under-inflated tyres are the number one cause of tyre failure and contribute to tyre disintegration, heat buildup, ply separation and sidewall/casing breakdowns. Moreover, running a tyre even briefly on inadequate pressure breaks down the casing and prevents the ability to retread.
3. Better Safety
Under-inflated tyres cause tread separation and tyre failure, which cause thousands of accidents, fatalities, and injuries each year. Further, tyres properly inflated add greater stability, handling and braking efficiencies and provide greater safety for the driver, the vehicle, the loads and others on the road.
Low-profile tires release more than 26 billion kilograms (57.5 billion pounds) of unnecessary carbon dioxide pollution into the atmosphere each year, according to the US Department of Transportation. .
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According to Sécurité Routière, 9% of all fatal traffic accidents are thought to be due to underinflation. Germany’s DEKRA, a product safety organization, estimates that 41% of accidents involving physical damage are related to tire problems.
The European Union states that an average low inflation of 40 kPa increases fuel consumption by 2%. Reduces tire life by 25%. The European Union has concluded that today’s underinflated tires are responsible for more than 20 million liters of unnecessary fuel burning. The release of more than 2 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and 200 million premature tires worldwide.