It’s all very well for your vehicle to be safe most of the time. But if we’re being honest, ‘most of the time’ just isn’t enough. Maybe your tyres won’t skid unless it’s very wet, or even icy. But what about when it is? If you want to stay safe on the road, you have to be prepared for everything – even if it only happens one percent of the time. That’s why it’s important to always keep your tyres properly inflated.
A tyre pressure monitoring system helps you stay safe 100% of the time
Think for a moment about how often you drive. Many – probably most of us – drive at least once a day, often twice. But let’s make a conservative estimate and say that it’s only once a day (maybe we combine the trips to and from work). And let’s say that 99% of the time, you’re completely in control of your vehicle. That means that everything’s basically okay, right?
Wrong! Even if you’re only at genuine risk of an accident 1% of the time, if we assume an average of one drive a day, there are 365 days in a year. That’s at least three potential crashes per year, which sounds way too high. Suppose you know you can stop in time 99 times out of 100 – there are still going to be times when you can’t stop, and that’s when things can get really dangerous.
The moral? ‘Good enough’ isn’t good enough. You need to stay on top of safety every day – and that means staying on top of your tyre pressure. Underinflated or overinflated tyres wear out faster, and that means you’re more likely to lose control or skid, and your vehicle is going to take longer to stop. And since it’s so easy to slip into a ‘close enough’ mentality, it’s tedious and frustrating to regularly check your tyre pressure without tyre sensors. When the going gets tough, that’s often one of the first things to go. Then before you know it, it’s 6 months down the line and your tyres are worn down and that turns out to be the difference between the crash you have had the near miss you might have had.
Before you get to that point, get a TPMS. We know that checking your tyre pressure is a chore, so let the system take care of it. So you can stay safe all the time, not just most of it.