Tire Pressure Is Key During Summer Travel

It’s summertime, and vehicles are rolling out of garages and hitting the pavement. Warm weather offers a variety of outdoor travel opportunities and roadtrip fun. And to be sure your vehicle is operating safely, it is important that tire pressure be at proper levels.

Most motorists know that routine tire-pressure checks can preserve tire life and help drivers to avoid potential accidents from blowouts, uneven wear and under inflation. Even so, tires can lose air pressure without appearing to be underinflated, and motorists may not notice a slow leak. New technology is taking the guesswork and potential for human error out of the equation.

In 2000, Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability Act (TREAD) to improve driver and vehicle safety. One of the requirements is that all passenger cars, 2008 and newer, must be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Now, over 65 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with TPMS, and the number will continue to grow both in the U.S. and globally.

TPMS was pioneered by a world leader in pressure-sensing technology, Schrader. The technology is a warning system that informs drivers when a tire is underinflated by 25 percent or more.

Here is what you need to know about TPMS while you’re on the road this summer:

1.    Know what the TPMS warning symbol looks like (shown the accompanying picture), and that it is located on your dashboard. If your low-pressure light is displayed, pull over at the nearest gas or service station to check or inflate your tires to proper levels to ensure your vehicle is safe and drivable.

2.    Having the right tire pressure can save you money at the pump. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 3.56 million gallons of gas are wasted each day because of incorrectly inflated tires. Motorists who maintain properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by approximately 3.3 percent.

3.    Properly inflated tires have a positive environmental impact by releasing less carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere through better fuel efficiency. A reduction in CO2 emissions contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans drive an average of 12,000 miles a year. With an average of 20 pounds of CO2 emitted per gallon of gasoline consumed, the typical passenger car in the U.S. releases over five tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. So, if properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by around 3.3 percent, the gallons you save will translate to reduced carbon emission from your vehicle as well.

For more TPMS information, please visit www.tpmsmadesimple.com.

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