It is necessary for a driver to maintain the correct tyre pressure to ensure safety on the road as underinflated and overinflated, both tyre conditions, are responsible for grave control loss over the steering and also other problems that can prove to be fatal. But the question remains how to measure and know what the needed, correct amount of tyre pressure for my vehicle is. Earlier, you had to get down on your knees and use the tyre gauge to determine the air pressure. But this inconvenience has been eliminated drastically over the years. Allow us, at Buzzy Bee, to tell you more about it.
Today, people use the ‘Tyre Pressure Monitoring System’ or simply ‘TPMS’. It is responsible for checking the tyre pressure and alerting you when it is not right for your vehicle. The system is installed along with tyres of your car, and its indicator is provided at the dashboard of your vehicle. The indicator can be discerned as a tyre shaped horseshoe looking light with an exclamation mark in the middle of it. TPMS has proved to be a boon to road safety and has prevented many accidents that could have occurred due to low tyre pressure.
In the market, there are two types of TPMS available:
As the name suggests, this type of system does not measure the tyre pressure directly but works on the calculations done, depending upon the rotation speed of the tyres. The tyres are measured for their RPM (revolutions per minute) by the wheels speed sensor for providing anti-lock system benefits. TPMS make use of this rotation data and according to the size of the tyre calculates the pressure in the tyres.
- Indirect TPMS is cheap and relatively easy to program, with less maintenance cost over the years.
- The disadvantage of using an indirect TPMS is that it becomes inaccurate when the vehicle is fitted with new tyres of a different size. It also needs resetting after the tyres are inflated again.
Direct TPMS system:
Direct TPMS is responsible for reading out the tyre pressure directly. Its sensors also provide the temperature readings of the tyres. A central module then processes the data, and if there is anything wrong with the inflation of the tyres, the indicator light will be turned on.
- Direct TPMS provides accurate information and works perfectly when programmed correctly, according to the size of the tyres. The batteries of this type of direct system can last for many years.
- The only disadvantage with this type of system is that the programming of the direct TPMS is a little tricky, and if the battery dies you have to replace the whole system.
If you are looking for a place to replace your TPMS system, you can bring your vehicle to us. We, Buzzy Bee Tyres, will replace it for you within no time. For any other queries related to tyres Leighton Buzzard you can always call us. We have a willing team of experts to help you at every stage of your ride to make it comfortable.