Tue July 8 12:20 pm 2014 in category Company news

Mandatory tyre pressure monitoring system enhances safety

Changing tyres at home will become more complicated and, for this reason, should be left to a professional tyre service centre, advises tyre specialist Nokian Tyres. The tyre pressure monitoring system TPMS warns drivers when a tyre is too low on the pressure. Correct tyre pressure reduces fuel consumption, ensures a pleasant drive and precise steering responses.

The mandatory tyre pressure monitoring system significantly enhances safety, but makes changing tyres at home more complicated. For this reason, a professional tyre service centre should change the tyres, advises tyre specialist Nokian Tyres. The tyre pressure monitoring system TPMS warns the driver when a tyre is too low on pressure. The correct tyre pressure reduces fuel consumption, ensures maximum driving comfort in addition to precise steering responses and prolongs the life of the tyres. According to an EU directive, all new cars must be fitted with a tyre pressure monitoring system TPMS from 1 November on.

The introduction of the tyre pressure monitoring system offers various advantages for motorists, argues tyre specialist Nokian from Finland. TPMS ensures the right tyre pressure for the prevailing conditions. "Tyre pressure plays a notable role in the car's driving properties and the service life of tyres,” says Ville Nikkola, Product Manager Passenger Car Tyres from Vianor tyre and car-service chain of Nokian Tyres. “Grooved road surfaces, unexpected side wind, sudden evasive movements and quickly changing conditions pose challenges on traffic safety. Safety can be improved by adjusting the vehicle's tyre pressure according to its load and the driving conditions.“

20 per cent of Finnish motorists risk driving dangerously with at least 0.5 bar under-inflated tyres, according to the Finnish tyre dealer association Autonrengasliitto ry. Only a third of motorists in Finland have checked their tyre pressure within the last month.

TPMS also helps reduce fuel consumption. Optimal tyre pressure translates into maximal driving comfort, precise steering response and tyres rolling easily, which saves fuel. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) has estimated that fuel savings as high as 2.5 per cent could be achieved if all passenger cars driving in Finland were equipped with the tyre pressure monitoring system TPMS.

Similarly large fuel savings can be achieved throughout Europe, predicts Vianor tyre and car service chain of Nokian Tyres.

Direct or indirect tyre pressure monitoring systems warn the driver

Car manufacturers can choose between a direct or indirect TPMS. With the direct system, each wheel is fitted with a battery-powered sensor that transmits data about tyre pressure, temperature and other such factors to the car's instrument cluster.

"TPMS whether it is a direct or an indirect system warns the driver if the pressure of any one tyre decreases by more than 20 per cent from the pre-set value, and always if it falls below 150 kPa," Nikkola explains. “Depending on the car model, the system usually also indicates, which tyre is under-inflated.” The choice of system is always made by the car manufacturer.

More complicated tyre change

Sensors fitted directly in wheels will be the clearly most commonly used system deployment methods. For car owners, this may add some technical complication to tyre change, because certain cars' instrument clusters require that the sensors must be 'retaught' through an OBD port if the change of tyres also involves a change of sensors.

"Vianor will obtain all required tools to all of its outlets and train its staff. This is a major change that can feel difficult both to our customers and our employees," Ville Nikkola states.

New passenger car registrations in the EU are pursuing an upward trend according to the European Automobile Manufacturer Association ACEA. They totalled 9,572,259 units between January and September 2014 which is an increase of 6.1 per cent compared to 2013.

Nokian tyres are also available from retailers as complete wheels on rims for tyre changes.

Photo downloads tyre pressure monitoring system: www.nokiantyres.com/tpms 

More information:

Nokian tyres rated “good” in ADAC summer tyre test 2014 and by consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest:
https://www.nokiantyres.com/company/news-article/nokian-tyres-rated-good-in-adac-summer-tyre-test-2014-and-by-consumer-organisation-stiftung-warentest-2/

Nokian summer tyres offer high levels of safety and satisfaction in challenging summer conditions:
https://www.nokiantyres.com/company/news-article/nokian-summer-tyres-offer-high-levels-of-safety-and-satisfaction-in-challenging-summer-conditions/ 

Sources:

20 per cent of Finnish motorists risk driving dangerously with at least 0.5 bar under-inflated tyres according to the Finnish tyre dealer association Autonrengasliitto ry.Only a third of motorists in Finland have checked their tyre pressure within the last month:

Autonrengasliitto ry Annual Report 2013
http://www.autonrengasliitto.fi/?s=EN

New passenger car registrations in the EU are pursuing an upward trend. They totalled 9,572,259 units between January and September 2014 which is an increase of 6.1 per cent compared to 2013 according to the European Automobile Manufacturer Association ACEA.
http://www.acea.be/press-releases/article/passenger-car-registrations-6.1-over-nine-months-6.4-in-september

Further information:

www.twitter.com/NokianTyresCom 
www.youtube.com/NokianTyresCom 
www.facebook.com/nokiantyres 
www.linkedin.com/company/nokian-tyres-plc

Expert blog:
http://nordictyreblog.com/

Vianor tyre and car-service
Product Manager, Passenger Car Tyres Ville Nikkola, Tel. +358 3 340 7596
E-Mail ville.nikkola(at)vianor.com 
http://vianor.com

Nokian Tyres Europe
Nokian Tyres s.r.o
V Parku 2336/22
148 00 Praha 4
Czech Republic

Business Director Central Europe Dieter Köppner, Tel. +420 222 507 761, E-mail: dieter.koppner(at)nokiantyres.com

Product Development Manager CE Sven Dittmann, Dipl.-Ing., Tel. +49 8143 444 850 E-Mail sven.dittmann(at)nokiantyres.com

Marketing Manager Lukáš Líbal, Tel. +420 222 507 759 E-Mail lukas.libal(at)nokiantyres.com

www.nokiantyres.com

Nokian Tyres Finland Headquarters
Nokian Tyres plc
Pirkkalaistie 7
P.O.Box 20
37101 Nokia
Finland

Development Manager Juha Pirhonen, Tel. +358 10 401 7708 E-Mail juha.pirhonen(at)nokiantyres.com

Technical Customer Service Manager Matti Morri, Tel. +358 10 401 7621 E-Mail matti.morri(at)nokiantyres.com
www.nokiantyres.com


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