Original Post 20 Feb 2017 – now featuring – Update 24 April 2017
You know the feeling you get just after fitting a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, when you feel you are super sensible and have protected all you hold dear.
I am the sort of person that checks car tyres by looking at them when I unlock the car. If they are inflated and not looking soft I am ‘good to go’. Add to this a quick visual check of tread condition about once a week and that’s my tyre care regime.
- Tyres under inflated by 15 psi (1 bar) have increased rolling resistance leading to around 6% greater fuel consumption. This equates to £150 per year for an annual fuel spend of £2500.
- A tyre under inflated by 30% will have its tyre life reduced by one-third.
- 62% of cars on the road are running on incorrectly inflated tyres
- 37% are so under inflated they are classed as ‘dangerous’ or ‘very dangerous’
- 5% of motorists are driving on punctured tyres
- A fine of up to £2500 and 3 points on the licence for EACH “dangerous” tyre.
- NO complicated paring of sensors.
- NO confusing programming of pressures into receiver.
- NO cables or cigarette chargers as it works by solar panel.
- NO re-programming when adding new sensors (caravan / trailer).
That’s it. The receiver searches for the tyre sensors at the start of every journey and they automatically ‘pair up’. The vibration of the car starting up ‘wakes up’ the receiver and an icon flashes every 60 seconds to show it is operating. This automatic pairing means you can easily add sensors to caravan or trailer wheels as the system can handle 8 sensors.
Once a tyre pressure or temperature problem is detected by a sensor, the relevant icon on the receiver will flash on and off combined with a bleeping alarm. The ‘guilty’ sensor will then flash red every 5 seconds for 2 minutes on the next 5 stops. You then remove the sensor, re-inflate to correct pressure before re-attaching the sensor where-upon it re calibrates to the inflated pressure.
My initial thoughts? First, let me tell you. Before I went to garage to inflate to an accurate start point my ‘visual’ inspection told me the tyres were OK and they looked fine. How wrong was I? They should have been 38psi and the first reading for the two rear tyres at the garage was 28psi. Based on the data above, that would put me very much in the zone of heavy fuel consumption and tyre life reduction, not to mention the costs and safety risks of a high speed tyre blow-out. The Fit2Go TPMS product disclaimer points out that this is designed as a driver assistance device and should not be used as a substitute for regular manual safety checks. So, at approx £100 for 4 sensors plus receiver, you may be forgiven for thinking this will only warn you of issues mid-journey if you are a strict checker of tyre pressures before every journey, but be honest now, do you do that and do you know the pressure in your tyres right now as you read this and the car sits outside.
I do feel that bit safer and it is definitely making me more ‘tyre aware’. That awareness alone may be enough to make recouping the product cost via fuel consumption and tyre wear possible within a couple of years, but you may even put cost considerations aside if an early warning from the receiver prevented a tyre blow or rapid deflation whilst overtaking HGVs at 70mph on a motorway.
Update : 24 April 2017
When we reviewed the Fit2Go TPMS in February there was one thing missing to improve this product from an excellent safety monitoring device to also being an immediate method of visually checking each tyre pressure whilst simultaneously checking the status of the individual sensors. At that point the only method of checking a sensor was to remove it and wait for the monitor to recognise the pressure drop.
The Fit2Go Tyre Pressure Checker answers this issue and in our opinion now makes a complete package of tyre pressure safety awareness that is extremely simple to set up and extremely simple for ongoing monitoring.
Once you have inserted the two batteries into the ‘Checker’ you simply turn it on and hold it next to the tyre sensors aligning the Fit2Go logo with the sensor, you feel them pull together magnetically and then the pressure in the tyre is displayed along with the battery level on that particular sensor, simple.
I was even able make use of that weird space behind the radio on my Volvo to store the checker, using the self adhesive storage bracket supplied with the unit.
Reasons why we like this compared to some other systems on the market?
- Practically no set up for entire system other than screwing the sensors on
- Subtle appearance. No ‘in car’ display screens or 12v adaptors to use
- The walk-round check using the ‘checker’ prompts a visual tyre check
- The caravan can be included in this process
While the TPMS operates with or without the checker, we feel the checker gives the ‘user’ the visibility, knowledge and confidence in their tyre pressures. Further details on the checker can be found on this link: Fit2Go Tyre Pressure Checker
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A link to the additional caravan/trailer sensors can be found here: FIT2GO Extra Tyre Pressure Sensors – 2 x Additional / Replacement Sensors
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