The tyres on your car may be one of the last things you think about. The only time you may give them a second thought is when something goes wrong, or if you have a newer car that has a warning light when the air pressure is low.
If you’re driving your car without the proper pressure, you’re leaving yourself at risk because you’re not in full control of your vehicle. You’re also wasting money as tyres with the wrong pressure, either through over or under inflation, make the car use more fuel and can become worn much quicker.
How to Check Tyre Pressure
Checking your tyre pressure is relatively simple and is something that you can do by yourself. You can pick up a tyre pressure gauge in many garages and stores so you can always have one in your home or in your car.
What is the Correct Tyre Pressure?
First, check on the inside door on the driver’s side of the car and you’ll be able to find a sticker which tells you what the recommended tyre pressure is for your car.
You can also find this information in your car’s manual. You’ll find the measurement is shown in PSI, which stands for pounds per square inch. Place the gauge over the valve stem of the tyre (where you put the air in) and press down to stop the flow of air coming out and you’ll get a reading of the pressure.
Once you know what your tyre pressure is you’ll be able to find out if you need to put air in your tyres or not. This can help you to be sure that you are always riding on tyres which are properly inflated and safe for the road.
Check tyres for any damage or uneven tread wear at the same time. If you have a spare wheel in the boot, remember to check this as well as there’s nothing worse than getting a puncture and discovering your spare is flat, or worse, unroadworthy.