DRIVERS should not rely on tyre pressure monitoring systems to ensure their wheels are in good condition, according to a safety charity.
Although the system (TMPS) does improve road safety by flagging tyre pressure changes, TyreSafe has advised motorists that they should make sure their system works properly and be aware that they still need to check tread depth themselves, as well as the overall tyre condition.
Cars first registered after January 1, 2012 that were equipped with a TPMS as standard need to have the system in working order to pass MOT tests. The systems are usually reliable, but TyreSafe says drivers still need to check they’re working by making sure the TPMS symbol appears when the ignition starts and turns off after the engine has started.
Currently, a lot of motorists don’t appear to be doing this, as the number of MOT failures caused by a faulty TPMS rose by more than 200 per cent between 2015 and 2016, while defective tyres in general are responsible for more than a quarter of MOT failures.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: ‘The introduction of TPMS was a valuable step forward in tyre safety, but drivers should be more aware of it and the warnings it is capable of producing.
‘Tyre Safety Month this month is the ideal time to learn exactly what it does so you don’t rely on it to warn you of defects it simply cannot detect. Don’t have a Bad Air Day! Double-check your TPMS is working as it should.’
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