How to Check Tyre Pressure
To keep safe on the roads you need to check your tyre pressure regularly, it not only extends the life of your tyres but can also help with the breaking, comfort and fuel efficiency of your car.
Tyres are made from rubber to grip to roads in dry or wet conditions and are made to withstand wear and tear, they are porous and lose air even when they aren’t being used.
Maintaining the right tyre inflation pressure is important because it affects tyre performance and vehicle safety.
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HOW AND WHEN SHOULD I CHECK MY TYRE PRESSURE?
Your tyre pressure should be checked around once a fortnight, and don’t forget your spare, as it won’t be of any use to you when you have a flat!
The recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found on a placard that is usually found inside the driver’s door area. The amount of pressure or PSI (pounds per square inch) is different depending on your car size and the size of the tyres, most passenger cars range between 27-32 PSI.
The best time to check your tyre pressure is when they are cold, so try and find a service station close to home, tyres heat up as you drive which will increase the pressure and will give a false reading.
If you find 1 or 2 of your tyres pressure reading are substantially different from the others there may be a problem with your vehicle and it’s best to have your car checked and serviced by a professional.
These days most service stations have an air pump with a digital gauge.
To inflate your tyres, firstly enter the recommended air pressure for your vehicle.
Then unscrew the valve stem cap and connect the air hose to your tyre. Some air pumps will automatically start pumping air into your tyres and usually beep once done, some you may need to press a button to start the process.
Once the tyre pressure has been re-inflated, replace the valve cap to prevent moisture or dirt particles getting into your tyre valve.