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Drivers warned not to rely solely on TPMS for tyre safety

Although the introduction of tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) has brought valuable tyre safety benefits, drivers need to be aware of the technology can and can’t do.

TPMS warning light in dashboard

Too many drivers are ignoring TPMS warning lights, says TyreSafe.

So says TyreSafe as it urges drivers to regularly check their TPMS is working and be alert to the fact that the technology does not warn on the condition of their tyres nor the amount of tread depth.

TPMS is now mandatory on all new cars sold but the tyre safety organisation says that too many drivers are ignoring the warning lights as the number of MoT failures due to faulty TPMS systems rose by over 200% between 2015 and 2016.

And with defective tyres accounting for over a quarter of all MoT failures, TyreSafe adds that this suggests drivers need to pay more attention to other essential tyre checks which TPMS cannot alert them to. Those include checking the tyre for visible damage and that the tread depth is above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.