What Does TPMS Mean?

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Newer, modern vehicles have sensors, cameras, and computer chips in them to assess a lot of things on the vehicle, from placement in lanes and warning about backups to sensors that monitor oil and tires.


When it comes to vehicle technology, what does TPMS mean? TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This technological tool uses tire pressure sensors to track the air pressure in each of your vehicle’s four tires. If this system senses one or more of your vehicle’s tires aren’t at the recommended pressure, the TPMS light will show a warning on your dashboard. This will let you know to add air to a tire in your vehicle.

Most new vehicles have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, making it easy to prevent tire failure and maintain good vehicle handling when driving around New Rochelle and Scarsdale. Read on to learn more about what TPMS means and how to check the TPMS system on your vehicle.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The purpose of a tire pressure monitoring system is to track the pressure inside your tires and alert you if the levels drop too low. The sensors will alert your vehicle’s computer if there is a problem, and a warning light will let you know if you need to check the tire pressure in your vehicle. 

What does the TPMS light mean? It means to check your tire pressure as soon as possible. The TPMS light on your dashboard might look like a flat tire with an exclamation point in the middle of it, or it might just be the illuminated letters “TPMS”. If you notice your TPMS light illuminated on the dashboard, it means your tires are underinflated.

Underinflated tires could lead to:

  • Poor traction
  • Decreased load-carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Accidents

For the short-term, proper tire inflation can protect you from a potential accident. Low tire pressure can cause problems at low and high speeds. In the long run, proper tire pressure can prevent your tires from wearing out prematurely and optimize fuel economy. Proper tire pressure keeps your family safe and saves you money.

A tire pressure monitoring system offers a great way to keep track of your tire pressure during your Bronxville travels without having to check the tires yourself. 

Proper Tire Inflation

Both over- and under-inflation of tires can lead to a host of unwanted issues for drivers. 

Meanwhile, a properly inflated tire will:

  • Reduce tread movement thereby increasing the life of the tire
  • Reduce rolling resistance which will increase vehicle efficiency
  • Increase water dispersion to decrease the likelihood of hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle on wet pavement

To find out what the proper tire pressure is for your vehicle, consult your owner’s manual. The sidewall of the tire can also show you the proper tire pressure. Making sure your tires are properly inflated is a quick and simple task that could save you money and stress long-term. 

You have several options when it comes to filling up your tires:

  • Many gas stations have tire filling areas separate from the pump station.
  • You can take your vehicle to your favorite service center for full tire service.
  • If you need a little more air in your tires quickly, you can even use a bike pump or an electric air pump designed for car tires you can put in your cargo area.

Keep Your Vehicle Running Properly With Genesis of White Plains

Interested in a vehicle with a tire pressure monitoring system? Browse our new vehicle selection in White Plains. Have more questions about maintaining your tires or need help making sure yours are properly inflated? Our service center has certified technicians standing ready to help. Contact us or call 914-505-6230 to find out more!


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