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Did you know that your tires will wear out faster if the proper pressure is not maintained? Your tires are more important than you realize. Brakes and tires are critical to your vehicle’s safety. Keeping your tires at the proper pressure will absorb shocks better and follow steering directions better. A tire that is under or over-inflated will not perform well. A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is necessary to ensure your tires are always under proper pressure.

What Do You Mean by TPMS?

The TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System, is a technology that measures the real-time air pressure levels in your vehicle’s tires.

A sensor collects this data and transmits it to the driver as an indicator on the vehicle’s dashboard or an alert on the web or mobile platform. The tire pressure monitoring system sensor aims to warn the driver of any potential safety issues due to insufficient tire pressure.

The TPMS operating model differs depending on the type of sensor used. Let us look at the different tire pressure monitoring system sensors.

The benefits of TPMS are numerous, including improved fuel economy, reduced tire wear, increased tire life, and enhanced safety. In addition, TPMS can help drivers save money on fuel and tire replacement costs. By ensuring that tires are properly inflated, TPMS can improve fuel efficiency, reducing the amount of fuel that a vehicle consumes.

Proper tire inflation can also extend the life of the tires, reducing the need for costly replacements. Furthermore, by maintaining proper tire pressure, drivers can reduce the risk of accidents caused by tire failure or blowouts, helping to keep themselves and other road users safe.

Different Types of TPMS

There are two types of TPMS systems:

  • Direct TPMS System
  • Indirect TPMS System

Direct TPMS

The most basic and preferred method of tire pressure monitoring is direct TPMS. Each tire’s sensor directly transmits pressure data to the driver. The battery-powered sensor alerts the driver if the tires need to be replaced or if the air in the tire needs to be filled or reduced.

Indirect TPMS

The operation of an indirect TPMS is not dependent on the presence of a physical sensor, as the name implies.  In this case, the pressure is measured by the wheel’s revolution rate, which is analyzed and presented to the driver while keeping benchmark numbers of the corresponding tire size in mind.

If the tire begins to rotate faster or slower than usual, the onboard computing technology detects the difference and alerts the driver to the tire over or under-inflation.

How does TPMS Enhance Safety?

You cannot expect a safe vehicle if you cannot properly steer. Tire pressure is critical for achieving the best possible response time between the tires and the steering wheel.

Tire pressure also affects your vehicle’s braking system. Proper tire inflation provides the best contact patch for the tires to brake properly.

A severely under-inflated tire can burst due to excessive heat generation, causing damage to both your vehicle and other drivers on the road. A tire pressure management system will prevent this from happening.

Overinflation reduces your vehicle’s shock absorption, which is hazardous to both the driver and the vehicle.

Why is TPMS Important?

TPMS is important because it helps ensure that tires are properly inflated. Underinflated tires can cause a range of issues, including reduced fuel efficiency, decreased handling and stability, and increased tire wear.

Additionally, improperly inflated tires can be a safety hazard, potentially leading to accidents or blowouts. TPMS provides drivers with a warning when tire pressure is too low, allowing them to take corrective action before problems arise. This can help to improve both safety and fuel economy while also prolonging the life of the tires.

Is TPMS Required in Canada?

TPMS is not actually mandated at the federal level in Canada. Instead, it is regulated by individual provinces and territories. Some provinces have implemented their own requirements for TPMS, while others have not. Therefore, the installation and use of TPMS in Canada may vary depending on the province or territory in which the vehicle is registered.

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