Safety Features Key to TPMS Acceptance – Survey
Tyre pressure monitoring systems will be fitted standard on all new cars from 2012, and according to a study supported by Northern Ireland based remote tyre pressure monitoring systems manufacturer Schrader Electronics, the majority of UK motorists support the use of systems similar to those the company produces. Results indicate the level of public support for TPMS hinges upon how quickly and readily a system notifies drivers of tyre pressure irregularities.
The survey of 970 “nationally representative” UK motorists was conducted by market research agency fast.MAP between October 9 and 12. The answers given by the surveyed drivers show that 97 per cent of motorists believe a TPMS system should be capable of providing a tyre deflation warning within a twenty minute time window. A press statement about the survey notes that indirect TPMS units – such as those not produced by Schrader Electronics – can take up to one hour or more to alert the driver, particularly when deflation involves more than one tyre or when tyres are under-inflated because of air seepage. Other indirect TPMS shortcomings were also examined in the survey: The statement reports that these systems will not operate under certain driving or environmental conditions (including slippery surfaces, uneven roads and winter conditions). More than 70 per cent of respondents said the inoperability of TPMS in these conditions is not acceptable.
In addition, the fast.MAP research showed 69 per cent of respondents think the recalibration of TPMS units should not be allowed for safety reasons. It was noted by respondents that car companies do not allow drivers to re-calibrate airbag, ABS or ESP systems following activation.