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In The Age of Travel by Car


There’s an old proverb: “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.” The moral is clear – even the little things, like a horseshoe nail, can be instrumental and have massive ramifications. It’s also known as the butterfly effect, and chaos theory has demonstrated it to be true. Small changes can have drastic consequences.

Now we don’t live in a world where people go around on horses and use horseshoes much anymore. But in the age of travel by car, truck, and trailer, we have our own modern-day equivalent of the horseshoe. I’m talking about the pneumatic tyre – a ring of rubber, supported by air pressure, that gives wheels traction and protects them.

But what happens if we’re not careful about that air pressure? For want of air pressure, a tyre might wear out. For want of proper tyre treads, a car might skid. And then crash, and tragedy strikes!

That’s why it’s important to monitor the little things, and the best way to do that is with a tyre pressure monitoring system. Human error is impossible to eliminate, but automated tyre sensors are reliable and will measure the air pressure that’s inflating your twenty-first century horseshoes.

The horseshoe was also a symbol of good luck, its iron thought to ward off evil fairies. Iron is a symbol of technology and humanity’s power over nature, and the microchip is today’s iron. Having a tyre pressure monitor won’t improve your luck, but it will protect you from misfortune in the form of accelerated tyre wear and unexpected flats.