Sorry to slam you all with an unnerving statistic, but did you know that 3% of all car accidents are due to faulty tyres? Keeping your tyre pressure at the correct level for your car is really important, but not always the easiest thing to do. Sure, the tyres look okay, but are they really? Well, the Snooper Tyre Pilot STP 1400 will tell you for sure. We take it for a literal test drive.
Nutshell speaking, the Snooper Tyre Pilot STP 1400 consists of four small sensors that replace your tyres’ screw-caps, and a small display device that goes inside the vehicle. The sensors each monitor the level of air pressure within their tyre, as well as the temperature, and relay that data wirelessly (via Bluetooth, in fact) to the display device, alerting you to any drops in pressure or drastic changes in temperature.
Installing the kit was super-easy, as it is a simple job of replacing the tyre caps with the sensors, then plugging the display device directly into the car’s cigarette lighter port. It will then pair with the sensors and you’ll quickly get your readings of the pressure and also the temperature. Oh, and if you’re worried that the Snooper Tyre Pilot STP 1400 will take up that all-important power socket, the unit actually features a USB pass-through port, so you can still charge your phone and power your sat nav. Nice detail, that.
We like that there is no need to turn it on at any point, because as soon as the wheels start rolling the system will come to live and the data will be refreshed every five minutes. As soon as you stop the Snooper Tyre Pilot STP 1400 will enter sleep mode after ten minutes, which is great as it will save the sensors’ battery life – although Snooper assure us they’ll last up to two years.
In use we found that the Snooper Tyre Pilot STP 1400 was one of those things that you install and then basically forget about. We’ve been using it for the best part of a month now, and aside from a bit of a worrying wake-up call when we first installed it (both front tyres were woefully under pressured!) we haven’t heard a peep from it since – which can only be a good thing. Being able to glance down to see the pressure of the tyres whenever we want to (as opposed to having to pull into the garage to hook up the complicated air pressure monitor) is a God-send.
Keeping your tyres correctly inflated helps to not only save your life in the event of an accident, but also helps with fuel economy and prolonging the life of the tyres themselves – saving you cash. For a good-looking, simple, and cost-effective car safety gadget, this is great.