“The wheels on the bus go round and round” – outside of a children’s song, it’s rare for people to actually stop and think about just how much turning goes on beneath our vehicles as we travel from A to B. Cars, trucks, and caravans all travel at fairly high speeds, which means those wheels are spinning fast, and often.
If your tyres aren’t properly inflated, every time your wheels turn they’ll use just a little bit more fuel, and wear out just a little bit more. That little bit might not seem like much, but when you consider how much your wheels spin, it really starts adding up. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your tyres at the right pressure.
Enter the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS. It’s a way of keeping an eye on your tyre pressure, so that you can ensure that you’re not wasting precious fuel or shredding your tyres. With a visual monitor, an audible alarm that lets you know when you’re losing pressure, and wireless tyre sensors that even a child could install, the tyre pressure monitor is an easy way to save yourself money on petrol and replacement tyres.
In addition to saving money, it can also save lives. Under-inflated tyres increase your braking distance, so TPMS sensors can mean the difference between coming to a stop just before you hit that toddler and slamming into them. If your tyres are properly inflated, that will also reduce your risk of having a blowout, so you’re less likely to suddenly spin out of control in the middle of the freeway. If you have a caravan or RV, you should use a caravan TPMS for a similar reason – imagine having a blowout in the middle of nowhere, and being stranded miles away from anyone who can help you. A TPMS is essential for safety, fuel efficiency, and extending your tyre life.