Tire Pressure Monitoring System Can Save Lives

Most people ignore their tires, yet tires are undoubtedly a critical safety component of a vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects traction, handling, steering, stability, and braking. Because of this, a sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, mainly when operating at high speeds.

  • Nearly 250,000 accidents occur in the United States per year due to low tire pressure.
  • About 75% of roadside flats are preceded by a slow leak or under inflation.
  • According to a recent survey, America could reduce its fuel consumption by 10% and save a collective $2 billion a year by keeping tires properly inflated.
  • NHTSA estimates that tire pressure monitoring systems could prevent as many as 79 deaths and 10,365 injuries each year in the United States.

What is the effect of underinflation?

An estimated 23,000 accidents and 535 fatal accidents annually involve blowouts or flat tires. Maintaining proper tire air pressure is not only a primary safety concern but can also affect the handling and performance of your vehicle.

Why is it more expensive and time-consuming to have tires serviced rather than rotated?

Technicians use special diagnostic tools to test and recalibrate sensors when a tire is moved from one location on the vehicle to another. A sensor must be tested to ensure it functions correctly and reprograms whenever tires are moved from one position to another during rotation. OEMs recommend installing a sensor service kit every time a tire is serviced.

These kits include replacement parts to properly service the sensor. Sensors are powered by a battery that usually lasts 6 to 8 years. The sensor has to be replaced when the battery fails because the batteries are not replaceable.

Contact Ken’s Automotive today if you need tire services in Phoenixville, PA!