Having the right tyre pressure is a critical factor in on-road safety. Over or under inflated tyres can wear out easily and increase your risk of an accident so it’s now highly recommended that car owners have a TPMS installed to continually monitor tyre pressure. While many vehicles sold in Australia come fitted with a factory-installed TPMS, this technology is not yet mandatory so there are many cars in Australian garages without such a warning system. Safe T Tyre is Australia’s leading supplier of quality aftermarket TPMS solutions suitable for all vehicle makes and models. If you are looking to buy a TPMS, here are a few tips for choosing a reliable system.
Indirect or Direct TPMS?
Tyre pressure monitoring systems fall into two categories – indirect and direct.
Indirect – this system does not use pressure sensors inside the tyres, but instead uses the wheel speed sensors that are part of the car’s ABS system. If one wheel is spinning faster, the system concludes that there has been a deflation and gives an alert.
Direct – direct systems monitor the air pressure inside each tyre with wheel-mounted wireless sensors that directly measure tyre pressure and transmit the data to a display unit. When pressure drops below a pre-determined point, the warning is given.
Know the Different Types of Sensors
The sensors that come with a TPMS attach to the tyres in different ways.
Valve Stem Caps – the most common form of aftermarket TPMS consists of a head unit and four valve stem caps. These caps fit on the valve stems and they are equipped to read the pressure pushing on the valve from within the tyre.
Clamp-In – a TPMS can also be mounted within the tyre against the outside of the wheel. Clamp-in monitoring systems connect to the valve, however they monitor the air pressure within the inner space of the tyre.
There are pros and cons to both of these methods of attachment, so it’s important to do your research to determine which type best suits your specific vehicle.
The best TPMS products should be easy to install and pre-programmed for easy set up and use.
It’s important your TPMS is durable and able to withstand all weather conditions and all kinds of wear and tear. The system you choose should be made from high quality, robust materials that will stand the test of time.
All tyre pressure monitoring systems claim to be accurate, but the reality is many can give false readings or error reports. A good TPMS will read the pressure correctly the first time, every time, giving you peace of mind.
User Friendly Monitor
Different monitoring systems have head units with screens or monitors of various sizes and shapes. Look for a system that is easy to read and understand.
If you often tow a trailer or caravan, you should consider a TPMS that is capable of monitoring more than four tyres. A Safe T Tyre TPMS has this functionality.
There are inexpensive, simple tyre pressure monitoring systems available which display only a pressure reading. A great TPMS should also include other modes that can tell more than just the pressure reading, such as the temperature and/or a fast leak alert.
One of the easiest ways to ensure you get the best TPMS is to purchase your system from a reputable supplier that provides great customer service and backs their quality with an appropriate guarantee.
Safe T Tyre is Australia’s trusted manufacturer of accurate and reliable TPMS systems, if you are looking for the best TPMS to keep you safe on the road, get in touch with us today on 1800 876 700 or contact us online now.