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The combination of bad weather – rain, snow, or ice – is sure to be in our forecast soon. As we head into the colder months, it is essential to check on the wear and tear of your cars tires. Cold weather with a mixture of low tire pressure can lead to a blowout while driving. The Tire Industry Association says their biggest concern regarding consumers and under inflated tires is tire failure.
Technology has been developed to help alleviate this growing concern. Wireless sensors can be placed in tires to warn when the air pressure is dangerously low. Some new cars have tire pressure monitoring systems to indicate that you have a problem.
These systems have a simple dash board light that comes up when your tires are under inflated which is similar to the amber light that comes up when your gas gauge is very low.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has mandated that all new vehicles sold after September 1st, 2007 have tire pressure monitoring systems. Many new vehicles are available with them already. Manufacturers suggest that if you don’t have a tire pressure monitoring system that you test you tires once a month.