Efficiency is one of the most important criteria in any commercial vehicle. But how many of us know that the tires on which least attention is paid, play a significant role in achieving this efficiency? When the tire is poorly inflated, it causes a big impact on the performance including the carrying capacity, safety and longevity. It also results in an increase in cost, travel time, wastage of fuel and wear-tear of the tire.
Most of us pay attention to tires when already there is a puncture or less air in it. We don’t even remember to check the air pressures regularly. Solving this entire problem of late realising of less pressure in tires and manual checking, here comes a technologically upgraded solution, Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
What is a Tire pressure monitoring system?
TPMS is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure (and optionally, temperature) of the tires. It provides real-time information which is conveyed to a driver either through a graphic display or simple low-pressure light on the dashboard or on an app on the smartphone.
The whole purpose of TPMS is to warn you about the under-inflation of one or more than one tires of your vehicle. The under-inflated tires cause unsafe driving conditions, possibly resulting in accidents. However, realizing the importance of TPMS, the number of manufacturers are working on this technology and introducing the sensors to enhance safety.
How does the Tire Pressure Monitoring System work?
As the name suggests, indirect TPMS does not rely on physical pressure sensors. The pressure is measured by monitoring the rotational speed of the wheel along with other signals outside of the tires.
This is the surest and preferred way of TPMS. Here, tires are fitted with individual sensors so that the data is transmitted to the dashboard, just like a radio signal. The driver comes to know about the pressure and temperature of tires and can take actions then and there. In case you doubt about the life of these sensors, let us tell that they work with a battery which needs to be replaced in order to get the right information at the right time.
What are the benefits of tire pressure monitoring system?
Extend the life of tires: The main reason for tire failure is under-inflated tires. When the tires are not inflated up till optimum level, it can create mechanical or thermal overload which ultimately results in sidewall damage, tire disintegration and breakdowns. A tire pressure sensor can save you from all such incidents by sending you real-time data.
Fuel efficiency: Incorrect inflation in the tires require a huge amount of fuel for running. When the tire pressure is accurate, the vehicle consumes less fuel and gives better mileage.
Cost efficiency: A tire pressure monitoring system saves your money in many ways. It decreases your downtime hours, saves the money spent on repairing and in the refilling of fuel.
Better road safety: Under-inflated tires cause unpredictable drive patterns. This can even lead to sudden injuries and accidents. To save you from all this, TPMS gives the information at the right time so that you can visit the nearby tire repair shop.
Good for the environment: When the tires are not properly inflated they release more carbon monoxide than usual. A TPMS installed in your vehicle makes you environmentally more responsible.