Over a year ago, we installed the Pressure Pro system on two of our training vehicles. It makes sense to have good safety measures for the vehicles that we use the most for our defensive and security driver training.
An early warning of an under inflated tyre is good for safety by avoiding a blow out or a tyre rolling off the rim; which, in both cases, could lead to a roll-over and possible student injury. Let alone the cost of replacing the tyre or the vehicle for that matter.
We have the intention of fitting them to all our training vehicles but first wanted to see how they would perform and cope with the demands of one of the toughest off road training courses available.
Well, they’ve been drowned in water, bogged down in mud, subjected to a very dusty environment and have been washed down at the end of every training session and not even given one sign of giving up the ghost. To say I’m impressed is an understatement.
I really expected the sensors to have given up by now considering the electronics that are packed into that small cap.
For those of you who do not know the system; a sensor is fitted on each tyre valve which sends a radio signal to the monitor. At any time you can scroll through your pressures (including the spare) and also, the unit will tell you when the pressure has gone below a certain limit by giving an audible warning.
Fitting /Tech Support
The system is relatively easy to install and doesn’t really require any tools to fit. You can hard wire it in if you like or just plug it into the cigarette lighter. Therefore, you can take it from one vehicle to another. I installed both our systems within 20 minutes.
The instruction leaflet that comes with it is comprehensive and the tech support that we got from the company was great.
Is it Worth it?
At around 500 US$ a pop (for the display monitor and 6 sensors) the system may seem to be relatively expensive but once you’ve considered the safety aspect and the saving on tyre wear/ replacement it’s not bad at all.
I would certainly recommend the system to anyone; from the private 2wd owner to the corporate semi trailer.