Whether you know it or not, if you’re in the United States and driving a 2008 or newer vehicle, you’re benefitting from TPMS technology. In fact, if you’re driving a vehicle manufactured after 2000, it is very possible that you’re driving a TPMS-enabled vehicle. If you’re in Europe or Asia, you are soon to have this life-saving technology as well. So, what is TPMS? And why is it important?

TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. TPMS is a warning system indicating to the operator when a tire is significantly under-inflated. Following a series of often fatal automobile crashes and a resulting nationwide tire recall, in 2000, the United States Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act. With driver safety its primary concern, the TREAD Act mandated, among other directives, that all new passenger cars, multi-purpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses that weigh 10,000 pounds or less in the United States be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system a warning system that alerts the driver when a tire is significantly under-inflated. Following a phased implementation schedule, the U.S. market reached 100 percent compliance with the 2008 model year and now tire pressure monitoring systems are standard on all cars in the United States.