How to Check your Tyre Pressure
There are a number of checks that all motorists should carry out on their cars on a regular basis. From oil levels to washer fluid, these inspections could take seconds but might identify small problems that could become major issues down the line.
One area of your vehicle that requires a lot of attention is the tyres. Each one should be closely monitored to ensure that they remain in safe operating order, and a spare should always be kept in the vehicle somewhere.
Tyre checks include tread depth (the minimum legal limit is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre, but over 3mm is recommended) and pressure.
Checking your tyre pressure is important for a number of reasons…
You may not be aware, but tyre pressure plays a big role in the correct functionality of a number of elements in your vehicle.
- Fundamentally, incorrect tyre pressure can adversely affect safety while driving. Under-inflated tyres will deteriorate at a much higher rate than those at the optimum pressure level, and will continue to deflate rapidly the longer they are used.
- Anything that affects the quality of the tyres will have an impact on other driving features, too. For example, under-inflated tyres will significantly increase braking times and distances, making driving hazardous – particularly in bad weather.
- Similarly, a slick surface combined with tyres that are not at the correct pressure level will result in an increased chance of aquaplaning. This can be extremely dangerous, as control over the vehicle is lost.
- Steering becomes less accurate with under-inflated tyres, due to the decreased road holding capabilities of the vehicle.
- Lastly, your pocket can be hit pretty hard by failing to check your tyre pressure. It only takes 15 psi (approx. 1 bar) of under-inflation to increase the vehicle’s consumption of fuel by 6%, meaning more regular trips to the petrol station.
Tyre pressure checks should be carried out approximately every month, or before embarking on a long journey.
- When checking your tyre pressure, the best place to start is by finding out what the optimum level should be for your car. Both vehicles and tyres vary in size and weight, so check your car’s manual to discover what pressure yours should be. Sometimes this information can also be found on the inside of the door frame. Note: the ideal pressure for the front and rear tyres isn’t necessarily always the same, and different levels will be given for normal conditions and when carrying a heavy load.
- Remove the dust caps from the valve on your tyre, and check the reading by connecting a pressure gauge (ideally attached to a foot pump). Be careful to do this when the tyres are cold, else the reading may be inaccurate.
- If the pressure level is too low, carefully inflate your tyres using a foot pump of the equipment provided at most petrol stations and replace the dust cap.
Here at Keelers Service Centre, our experts are on hand to keep your tyres in the best condition possible. We stock a range of branded and budget tyres, ensuring that yours are fitted correctly and inflated to the correct pressure. Keelers even carry out free puncture repair with all wheel balance work, so get in touch today for more information.
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