Food For Thought

Tyre warning light on? Don’t ignore it!

By September 13, 2018 No Comments

If you see a TPMS warning while driving, find a safe place to stop your vehicle where you can manually check your tyre pressures against the vehicle manufacturers’ recommended settings. These details can be found in your vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler flap or on a plate located on the driver’s door sill.

The air pressure within your tyres is the most important factor in determining how well they perform. Pressure affects the tyre’s speed capability, load carrying capacity, handling response, wear rate and overall safety. What’s more, under-inflated tyres will cause your car to use more fuel and emit more CO2 emissions.

It’s therefore critical for your safety and comfort that your tyres are properly inflated in line with the vehicle manufacturers’ recommendations. Tyre pressures should be manually checked when they are cold at least once a month or before a long journey.

However, in order to assist you in monitoring the pressure in your tyres, all new cars are now equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) which notifies you of any pressure issues.

To discover how your TPMS works and how you need to look after it, take a look at the video below.