Tyre pressure monitors – you may have heard friends or colleagues talking about fitting them to their cars.
Should you join them and get one for yourself, too? Yes!
Tyre pressure monitors help busy motorists keep track of their tyre pressures.
After all, how many of us can say that we just checked our tyre pressures two weeks ago?
The old-school way
Previously, the only way to get an accurate reading of one’s tyre pressures was with a tyre gauge.
If you didn’t have one, you had to go to a petrol kiosk to simultaneously pump air while checking the pressures.
Disadvantages of monitoring tyre pressures the old-fashioned way
You might forget to do it. After all, if you’re in a rush, you’ll just pump petrol and drive off.
If the petrol kiosk is a few kilometres away, your tyres would have heated up and their pressures would have increased.
Any measurements taken there would not be accurate. When we talk about tyre pressures, we refer to the readings taken while they’re still cold.
Do it the digital way!
Tyre pressure monitors can be relatively affordable.
Most aftermarket units today are app-based, with the readings sent to your smartphone.
This saves you the trouble of having to manually check every tyre.
Tyre pressure monitors – other benefits
Because you can track your tyre pressures and receive warnings for large deviations in pressure, you’ll be more prepared in case of a flat tyre.
Keeping your tyres correctly inflated also helps prolong their service life.
In addition, properly inflated tyres are also key to better handling and fuel economy.