Everything You Need to Know About TPMS
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Have you ever thought about servicing your tires? As the first thing that comes between you and the road, they handle tremendous stress from carrying heavy loads and crossing uneven terrain. The best way to ensure your tires can handle their job is by maintaining optimal air pressure.
Why Tire Pressure Matters
Operating a vehicle with under-inflated tires can be dangerous! In a 2003 report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 78,392 vehicle crashes were caused by under-inflated tires, resulting in 414 fatalities and 10,000 injuries that year.
Proper tire pressure optimizes traction, control, steering, handling, stability, and braking -- all of the features that matter in your car’s optimal performance. You aren’t driving the best version of your vehicle without fully inflated tires!
Low tire pressure inhibits the tires from traveling smoothly over the road surface. Fuel efficiency dives as the engine has to work harder to move the vehicle along. You could be spending more than you should on gas with more frequent fill-ups! Help your wallet and the planet by making sure your car is achieving its best fuel efficiency!
How TPMS Helps
TPMS are outfitted on all vehicles in accordance with the Transportation Recall Enhancement and Documentation (TREAD) Act of 2000. The TPMS activates a warning light on the dashboard to alert drivers when tire pressure drops below 35% of the recommended inflation level.
When the light is on, it means that one or more of your tires has low air pressure. When it is flashing, that means there’s an issue with one of the sensors found in the wheels. These sensors send the air pressure information to the car’s monitoring computer system and must be replaced if they are malfunctioning.
Is your TPMS warning light on? Precision Auto in Germantown, Maryland can help! Our technicians provide tire service to check and correct tire inflation and replace any faulty sensors. We keep our customers safe on the road with fully inflated tires!