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How Do Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Work? Greenville Accident Lawyer Investigates

Modern cars are equipped with safety features that challenge science fiction. Electronic stability control, crash avoidance systems, and lane departure warnings are preventing accidents and saving lives.

In the wake of so many advancements, it is easy to forget the role that your vehicle’s tires play in safety. They are the only points of contact between your vehicle and the road, and a minor problem can affect its handling. This is why tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) have garnered so much acclaim.

TPMS inform drivers when their tire pressure is too low. According to the most recent data from Consumer Reports, a 2008 study showed that at least 5 percent of all crashes involved vehicles with tire problems such as low pressure or poor maintenance. Also, 45 percent of SUVs that rolled had tire issues. TPMS could have prevented many of these crashes.

Unfortunately, some drivers do not maintain their vehicles, and this leads to accidents. If you were injured in a car wreck in South Carolina, contact the Churdar Law Firm.

Doug Churdar is a car accident attorney in Greenville who can assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and noneconomic damages.

Call 864-233-0203 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about injury claims in South Carolina by visiting the USAttorneys website.

Here is a brief overview of tire pressure monitoring systems:

Direct vs. Indirect TPMS

There are two main types of TPMS: direct and indirect. According to BRIDGESTONE, indirect systems use sensors from the anti-lock braking feature to measure wheel speed. The internal computer then compares each wheel’s rotation rate against vehicle speed and other data. When a wheel begins spinning faster than normal, the indirect TPMS will activate an indicator light to alert the driver.

Direct systems use sensors within the tires to measure the pressure and temperature. They send data wirelessly to a centralized analysis module.

What are the pros and cons of each TPMS type?

There are advantages and disadvantages of both direct and indirect TPMS. Indirect TPMS are less expensive, and they are easier to maintain. However, they are less accurate for smaller and larger tires, and if the tread is uneven. Also, you will need to reset an indirect TPMS before rotating or inflating the tires.  

Direct TPMS offer more accuracy. Also, synchronizing is easier after rotating or replacing tires, but the tools required for this process are expensive. The overall cost of a direct TPMS is typically higher than an indirect system.

If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact the Churdar Law Firm. Doug Churdar is a Greenville accident lawyer who can talk to witnesses, gather evidence, structure your claim, and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf.

If your case goes to trial, Mr. Churdar has the litigation experience to find success in court. He has achieved successful outcomes in injury cases involving auto accidents, truck crashes, brain trauma and other types of injury. Call 864-233-0203 to schedule a consultation.