If you’re the type of person who never remembers (or can’t be bothered!) to check your tyres pressure, this is the gadget for you – AirAlert.
The gizmo, which alerts drivers when their tyres pressure is low, is already attracting a lot of attention from the fleet and business sector since new vehicle safety laws came into force at the start of the year.
We all know monitoring tyres pressure is crucial for vehicles to run safely and economically and if regular checks are not carried out it could lead to punctures or even high-speed blowouts.
Now companies who run commercial vehicles are taking a keen interest in the AirAlert gadget after the introduction of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 came into force making individuals responsible for commercial vehicles subject to tougher penalties for illegal tyres.
The new law, which makes it easier to enforce the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, came into force in mid January. Penalties for the offence have been raised from a maximum of £5,000 to £20,000.
Matthew Burke, sales director of Nottingham-based aide automotive which makes the AirAlert, explained that it offers a ‘proactive solution to warn when tyre pressures are low, taking the ownership away from people checking their tyres on a regular basis.’
AirAlert is a reactive warning, once installed the device will blink when a loss of PSI occurs (4PSI for cars & 8 PSI for commercial vehicles), so just walking up to the vehicle will highlight an under inflated tyre.
Oliver Hall, etyres Operations Executive