How to Choose the Best Tire Pressure Monitoring System
How do you like to measure and check the air pressure inside your tires? There are several ways to do it. But a more important thing to know is that there is a standard air pressure value set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is 30 percent and above for each tire according to the recommended cold inflation pressure given by the manufacturer. Also, tire air pressure needs to be adjusted according to braking distance and lateral stability. So, if the air pressure inside your tires is not constantly monitored, or there is no TPMS in your car, buy one immediately before the officials chase you on the highway.
Types of Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Indirect ? this type calculates tires' air pressure using the vehicle's anti-lock braking system (ABS). The downside is that you have to drive for a certain distance before a reading or alert can be generated. Another is that you need to constantly check the pressure in your tires, since the system does not detect anything if all four tires are low in pressure. You also have to recalibrate the system every time you change your tires.
- Direct ? this type reports real-time air pressure generated from each of the sensors attached to the tire valves. This type provides a more accurate reading. This is also preferred by most consumers because it offers no hassle. Also, it provides individual reading for each tire, and you can immediately act if you are alerted of a low tire pressure.
- There are three ways that a TPMS reports tire pressure to the driver: a pictogram display, a gauge, or a low-pressure warning light. Opt for the one that is most comfortable for you.
- If you are driving heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a TMPS may not work because of the factors that affect the device's performance on such vehicles, such as dual-tire assembly, uneven weight put on the tires, and the effect of inflation systems on tire life, among others.