Maintain Your Tyre Pressure Monitoring System to Avoid a Failed MOT

Monitoring tyre pressure

Advances in technology continue to make people’s lives safer, and this is particularly true when it comes to vehicular safety. Consider tyre pressure. In the past, you would have to check your tyre pressure manually, and so it was much more likely for people to be driving with over or under-inflated tyres. However, thanks to the development of tyre pressure monitoring systems, no one should ever have to deal with surprisingly poor tyre pressure ever again.

This is because the monitoring system makes use of sensors which are embedded in your tyres, and which are regularly sending information back to a central location. If a sensor detects that pressure in one or more tyres has become too low, it will flash a warning light on the vehicle’s dashboard, alerting the driver. This allows people to become aware of the problem more quickly so that they can address it. This type of system has been deemed to be so helpful that recently produced vehicles from 2014 onwards have been required to include them on board.

This is a problem though because it means that many drivers have a tyre pressure monitoring system in their vehicle, but they may not even know it’s there, and may not understand the implications of the warning light. If people don’t know how to use the monitoring system, it may end up just getting ignored, and any potential gains in safety end up wasted.

There is another issue related to this monitoring system, and how it ties into the Motor Ordinance Test (MOT). Many drivers will be surprised or even shocked to find out that having a problem with their tyre pressuring monitoring system (TPMS) will already be sufficient to cause them to fail the test. This is something laid out in a 2015 law, and so there is no getting around this new regulation. So what could potentially happen here is that a newly invented and installed monitoring system, that the driver was not even aware of, may not have been regularly maintained, and will cause unexpected problems upon undergoing the MOT. This makes it even more urgent for more people to be made aware of the TPMS, before their next MOT.

Therefore, drivers need to increase their knowledge of the TPMS and watch out for warning signs. For example, the various sensors in the tyres rely on batteries in order to function correctly. As with any battery, there is a limited lifespan, and the battery will tend to run out of juice more quickly if the vehicle travels greater distances than usual. So it becomes important to regularly confirm if any batteries require replacement. Also, keep in mind that the sensors used by this system can be exposed to a lot of wear and tear because of their location. This could also cause the system to fail.

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