TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems) Ignorance
It is SO very important to have the correct tire pressure to avoid potential overheat of the tire, and also for best gas mileage. Most drivers probably do not associate “overheat” with tires, but if the pressure is too low, the tire gets hot and actually can come off the wheel. If this happens at high speed, it can be a very dangerous situation for the driver, passengers and others sharing the road.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) are some of the government-mandated items on later model autos. Unfortunately, the percentage of people who do not recognize an illuminated warning light for the system is a whopping 42 percent, according to recent industry research. We ourselves have noticed that clients complain about them. It is as if they really do not want to know that they are low on tire pressure. That can be an inconvenience when you are driving to a higher elevation and the light goes on, correct? Don’t like the light? Wait until your car “chirps” at you as you are filling your tire with air. Seriously, some manufacturers have flashing lights and chirping alerts when you have reached correct tire pressure, calling this a “tire fill alert” system.
With only about 19% of vehicles on the road equipped with TPMS, one of the suppliers to major manufacturers of the TPMS units is promising a media blitz to educate consumers about their TPMS feature. It is estimated that in 2023 there will be 91% of TPMS-equipped vehicles. But, at the current rate of “ignorance”, only 58 percent of drivers could identify this life-saving warning light.
In a world where technology can be used as a substitute for common sense, at The Driving Machine, Inc, we still believe that that drivers need to understand the basic function of their autos (especially the very basic safety issues) that surround ownership. Is it too much trouble to read the most important parts of your Owners Manual? Is that why the youngest generation of potential drivers are embracing Uber and Lyft? The Google driverless cars next? Yes, perhaps ignorance is bliss…
Your Owners Manual is a great place to start, but… let us know if we can help! If a warning light comes on in your Audi, MINI, Mercedes, or BMW, give us a call — 408-446-9727 — at The Driving Machine, Inc. www.thedrivingmachine.com