What to Know About Tyre Pressure?

There are a few basic maintenance tasks you need to be aware of when you are a vehicle owner. This will save you time and money in an emergency and you will feel more confident when you go on the road as well. One of the key maintenance tasks you need to know is to check your tyre pressure. It can be quite confusing to figure out how much air is required and how often you should check the pressure.

Your work has been significantly eased with the introduction of TPMS Melbourne or tyre pressure monitoring systems. These devices are able to monitor the tyre pressure automatically and let you know when the pressure levels are low. There are direct and indirect TPMS available in the market. A direct TPMS will have a sensor that can be fixed onto each wheel and it will monitor the air pressure of individual tyres. When there is a drop in pressure below what is recommended by the manufacturer, there will be a sensor that will send a signal to the vehicle and lights up the indicator on the dashboard.

The indirect TPMS works with the Antilock Braking System or ABS of the vehicle. There are speed sensors in each wheel monitored by ABS and the wheel speed will differ according to tyre pressure. When there is a drop in pressure located, the indicator will light up letting you know when to take action.   

You also need to service the TPMS sensors when you are changing the tyres so that you can avoid any issues like a battery failure. It is not just low pressure that can be a problem. When your tyres are overinflated, it can affect vehicle handling safety. It can put the occupants of the vehicle at risk. An accurately inflated tyre will have a balanced contact with the road surface. This will prevent your tyres from wearing out their tread quicker than normal as well. It is safer for your tyres and you will be able to save some money in the long run as the tyres will last longer.

If the tyres are underinflated, it will reduce the performance of the car and increase fuel consumption. The edges of the tyre will wear significantly as well. In the case of overinflated tyres, you will not have sufficient grip on the road and there is a tendency to lose traction. This will cause more wear in the center of the tyre. If you are driving at high speed, there is a risk for overinflated tyres to blow out because of the increased pressure.

You should check your tyres regularly to ensure that they are working at an optimal level. It is best to check them once a month. If you are planning a long trip where you will be driving on different terrains or rough roads, it is best to check the tyre pressure beforehand to ensure the safety of all in the vehicle. In addition to checking tyre pressure, you should check for tears or punctures in the tyre that will affect the vehicle performance.