Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of driver-friendly technology being added to cars to make them easier to use.
Normally, that includes things like iPod connectivity, satellite navigation and bluetooth hands free, but the 2013 Nissan Altima -- along with all of Nissan's other 2013 model cars -- will come with smart technology designed to help ensure you inflate your tires to the correct pressure.
Called the Easy-Fill Tire Alert System, the technology is based on the tire pressure warning sensors found in most modern cars and will be fitted to every 2013 Nissan car as standard.
Instead of just warning you via an on-screen dash warning when your car’s tires are low however, it also gives audible and visual indication to the driver when they stop to pump them up.
Start inflating the under-pressure tire, and the car will flash its hazard blinkers.
When the correct tire pressure is reached, the car will let you know with a single, short, beep from its horn, similar to the one you hear when locking most modern cars.
Nissan Altima Tire Pressure AssistantEnlarge Photo
Overfill the tire, and the car will protest by flashing its blinkers faster and sounding the horn three times, hopefully eliminating both under-and over-inflation.
Nissan claims that many car drivers don’t own or even known how to use a tire gauge, while the gauges found on public gas-station tire compressors give such wide and varied readings that it becomes impossible to inflate tires to the correct pressures reliably.
Under inflated tires can not only prematurely wear your car’s tires and lead to unpredictable handling, but they can also dramatically reduce your car’s gas mileage.
But we can’t make our minds up. Is the Nissan Easy Fill Tire Alert System a great idea, or is it overkill to provide a technological solution for something that every single driver should know how to do?
Worse still, will it annoy neighbors and fellow gas station users if your brand new Nissan chirps at you every time you fill up your tires?
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