Millions of drivers risk their cars failing the MOT test by not using tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), which can display faults.
The technology flags up when tyre pressure dips below the level it should be at through a warning light on the dashboard, in a bid to help people pre-empt punctures, blowouts and road traffic accidents while travelling at speed.
TyreSafe believes this could lead to millions of failed MOTs due to nothing more problematic than an under-inflated tyre.
The organisation is urging motorists to make sure their car’s tyres are correctly inflated before an MOT, as any car that has a warning light showing on the dashboard fails the test under current legislation.
It claims drivers could be unnecessarily forking out more money for another MOT if they fail to check tyre pressures.
But it is also concerned about safety, not just the financial side of things. While many motorists see TPMS technology as an expensive luxury when purchasing a car, TyreSafe says it is actually a crucial safety feature.
Its inclusion in new model vehicles has been mandated in Europe since 2012 and on all new cars since 2014.
A pressure sensor is installed in each tyre air valve, which transmits data direct to the dashboard to inform the driver when tyre pressures are low or imbalanced.
TyreSafe reminds drivers to look after these sensors by carrying out regular checks. The internal battery will eventually run out, while they can become faulty or fail completely as a result of weather damage, corrosion or accidental damage.
Tyre maintenance is essential for vehicle safety, so it pays to also keep an eye on things like tyre wear.
Road traffic accident compensation
Sadly, road traffic accidents are a regular occurrence across the country. Injured drivers, passengers or pedestrians are usually entitled to compensation if they have been hurt through no fault of their own.
Date Published: April 23, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown