With busy day to day life, the tyres on your car may be one of the last things on your mind. The only time you may give them a second thought is when something goes wrong, or if you have a newer car that shows you a warning when the air pressure is low.
If you’re driving your car without the correct tyre 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, consume more fuel and can become worn much quicker.
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.
We have an excellent value digital tyre pressure gauge available for such occasions, which features PSI and BAR settings to help drivers easily understand what their tyre pressure is at all times.
The tyre pressure for every car is different, so to find what is right for you check on the inside door on the driver’s side of the car. You should 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 that 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.