Why checking tire pressure is a must?
Do you know that aside from saving you money, proper tire pressure can also save your life?
According to American Automobile Association (AAA), 85% of motorists do not check their tires’ pressure since they do not even know how to. Why do we always have to check our tires? Remember, our tires normally loses at least 1 psi through natural leakage or permeation each month. Another factor to consider is the changing weather which can result to 1 psi decrease on the tires’ pressure every 10 degrees F. This was being proven by the survey made by Rubber Manufacturers in America to 5,400 vehicles in March-May of 20009.
• 50 % of the vehicles had at least one under-inflated tire
• 19% of the vehicles had at least one tire under-inflated by 8 psi
• And surprisingly, only 9% of the vehicles had all tires properly inflated
Another factor why TREAD Act. was implemented in United States.
What is TREAD Act.?
Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation or TREAD was passed by the US congress in year 2000, which requires all new passenger cars, buses and light trucks to install TPMS. The Act then required 100% of all passenger cars and light trucks to have installed TPMS on their cars on September 1,2007.
The TREAD Act. demanded original car manufacturers to equip all new vehicles with the following:
• Tire monitoring for all of the tires (except the spare tire)
• TPMS system that works together with the vehicle when the ignition is on and gives warning to the driver when tires are 25% or more underinflated
• TPMS system that gives alert to the driver when the system is malfunctioning
• TPMS warning light should stay on until the underinflated tire was properly inflated or the malfunctioning system was corrected
• “Bulb Check” of the warning light is on the instrument panel that occurs whenever the ignition is turned on
• Manuals which contains warnings about possible incompatibility in replacing tires of the vehicle
Do we already have this law in the Philippines?
None so far. Though some expensive vehicles have TPMS built-in, our government is not requiring us to install one. On the hand, thinking about the security TPMS can provide us, our passengers, and vehicles, it would be better to have one.
Keep in mind that the tires hold the weight of the vehicle, whatever the tire pressure our vehicle has will affect the speed, gas consumption, and stability of the car. Good thing, we don’t have to buy highly-cost vehicles to have TPMS, we already have Trywin’s TPMS 200 (battery operated) and TPMS 300 (solar powered) available in the Philippines. Trywin’s TPMS are easy to install and can easily be transferred to a new tire when you need a replacement.
Go ahead and check TPMS today