A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure inside the tyres of cars and other vehicles. They alert the driver to any dangerous changes in tyre pressure, helping to prevent accidents and keep you safer on the road. Many regions around the world have mandated that new cars be fitted with TPMS as standard; however, the regulations differ from country to country. Safe T Tyre is Australia’s trusted supplier of high quality, aftermarket tyre pressure monitoring systems. If you are unsure whether your car already has a TPMS or if you should purchase one, read on to find out more.
How to Tell If Your Car is Fitted with a TPMS?
Whether your car is already fitted with a TPMS generally depends on when and where your car was manufactured.
Europe – Europe mandated TPMS installations in 2012. Therefore, if you are driving a European car that is a 2012 model or newer, it should already have a TPMS installed.
Asia – From 2013, South Korea legislated that a TPMS must be installed in all light vehicles under 3.5 tonnes. Taiwan and China have also mandated a TPMS on all new vehicles.
USA – The US TREAD Act requires vehicles under 4.5 tonnes to be fitted with a TPMS. If your car, SUV or truck is a US-imported 2008 model or newer, it should already have one fitted.
Australia – There are no current regulations surrounding TPMS for cars manufactured in Australia.
There are also no regulations requiring a TPMS for vehicles over 4.5 tonnes.
You can also check your vehicle’s manual; this will advise if a TPMS is fitted. Alternatively, you can consult a dealership, mechanic, or tyre expert.
My Car Doesn’t Have a TPMS – Should I Purchase One?
Tyre pressure monitoring systems provide real-time feedback on the air pressure in your tyres and will alert to any significant changes. Both under- and over-inflated tyres can be dangerous. Purchasing a TPMS will:
- Improve Safety – Driving on tyres with incorrect pressure can contribute to car accidents and tyre blowouts.
- Increase Fuel Efficiency – Improperly inflated tyres cause faster tyre wear, decreasing fuel economy.
- Reduce Insurance Costs – Having a TPMS enhances the safety of your vehicle, which could lead to lower insurance premiums.
- Increase the Value of Your Car – As a feature that cuts costs, a TPMS is an in-demand accessory that could mean you fetch a higher selling price for your car when you want to sell.
Which Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Is Best?
There are two types of TPMS – direct and indirect. In addition, direct TPMS can be either internal or external. Every different system has varying features and benefits. To determine the best TPMS for your vehicle, it is important to take into consideration the vehicle’s make and model, size, weight and whether you regularly tow a trailer or caravan. Speak with a TPMS expert from Safe T Tyre today, we will be able to assist you to select the most appropriate system for your needs and budget.
Buy a TPMS Today
If your car is already fitted with a tyre pressure monitoring system, you probably won’t need to purchase another one. However, the factory installed TPMS may not be the best option for your needs. Whether you want to upgrade your existing system or purchase a new one to improve the safety of your car, our team is here to help. Shop our range online today or get in touch with our friendly team by calling 1800 876 700.