WheelRight promises to eradicate pressure faults
More than 8 out of 10 accidents in Great Britain involve tyre pressure faults. An innovation presented by a British company could significantly reduce this risk factor.
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Mandatory on all new vehicles produced since November 2014, the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (or TMPS) alerts the driver in the event of an abnormal change in pressure or when tyre pressure is too low. Yes, but for motorists whose vehicles are not equipped with TPMS, a regular trip to the service station air compressor is often the only way to detect and compensate any pressure faults. However, you must be in the habit of doing so! An innovative service tested in the spring at Keele Services on the M6, a motorway in the centre of England, promises to allow anyone to quickly test the pressure of all tyres without having to get out of the car. With WheelRight, the name of this device, drivers only need to drive over the plates comprising the system for the exact pressure of each tyre to be displayed on a screen within seconds and a paper print-out given to the driver. According to the first feedback, on average, 25% of the vehicles tested have a worrying fault.
Over and above the immediate result and the fact that drivers no longer need to dirty their hands, catch a cold or get wet when it is raining to check the pressure of their tyres, this device is also of interest since it can be used for both passenger cars and trucks.
WheelRight developers – with 2.5 million pounds sterling invested last summer by a capital investment company – remain tight lipped about the technology used to achieve this result, which is perfectly understandable given the numerous possibilities. In addition to the thousands of service stations and toll collection points that could be equipped with them, when the system was first presented in December 2014, the possibility of leasing the system to companies with a large vehicle fleet for 24 hour periods was already mentioned. With, as a result, an obvious gain in safety, but also potentially significant savings on tyre maintenance, a major item of expenditure for large fleets, but also on fuel, since as we know, an under-inflated tyre means a significant rise in fuel consumption.
Two WheelRight systems are installed at Keele, one for heavy-duty vehicles and one for cars. The trail started on 25 March for initially a three month period but the project has been so successful that it has been extended until new year.