What if you knew it could save your life one day?
Nissan announced recently that they are taking TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) one step further with the “Easy Fill Tire Alert” system which will come standard on all 2012 Altima models. Not only does it alert you that your tire or tires have low tire pressure, it tells you which ones and by how much. Once you get to a station to inflate your tires, the vehicle horn will chirp when the tires are properly inflated, if you put too much air in the tires, a different warning sounds.
While making tire pressure monitoring easier will hopefully encourage more drivers to keep properly inflated tires for their safety and others, it still does not negate the fact that drivers need to be more aware of the safety hazards involved with improperly inflated tires.
Checking your tire pressure is one of the most important safety regimes a driver can practice. It’s so important that Federal law requires cars, truck and vans under 10,000 pounds gross weight to have TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) as standard equipment. Still, even with a visual indicator, many drivers ignore this critical safety warning, which could cost you more than just a flat tire.
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that “vehicles with tires under-inflated by 25 percent or more were three times as likely to be involved in a crash linked to tire problems” as reported by the Detroit News. The article goes on to point to older studies showing 28% of vehicles on the road today are driving on at least one tire that is under-inflated by 25% or more.
Whether it’s easy or hard, it’s about saving lives. In the coming week, in support of National Tire Safety Week, we will feature all our posts around tire safety, with the hopes of encouraging our audience to be better educated and safer drivers.