The Complete Guide To Tyre Pressures

Why should I check my tyre pressure regularly?

Tyre pressure is vital to keeping your car rolling. Deflated tyres don’t grip the road meaning they can handle very badly. This may cause the vehicle to swerve unexpectedly and even cause the tyres to pop. This is incredibly dangerous on a motorway, where the high speeds can leave your car vulnerable to a crash.

Keeping your tyres inflated will also keep your wallet inflated. Deflated tyres require your wheels to revolve more, meaning your engine has to work harder. More fuel gets burnt so your money goes up in smoke.

A deflated tyre will also wear down faster than one at the correct pressure. This means the tyre would need replacing a lot sooner than normal, costing you more money.
Make sure to check the tyre pressure, for safety and for the cost.

Are deflated tyres a safety risk?

Tyres that are underinflated will impact on the performance of your vehicle. They provide less grip on the road, leading to unpredictable movements of the entire vehicle. The tyres are also in danger of popping, as heat builds up. The heat wears down the rubber quickly until the pressure causes the air to push through the rubber and blow out.

Both of these issues make driving with a flat or even a slightly deflated tyre dangerous, especially on high speed motorways. You can find your ideal tyre pressure in your owner’s manual or online.

Are deflated tyres costing me money?

Tyres that are underinflated will have an impact on how much you spend on fuel. The tyres require more energy to move which means the engine works harder and consumes more fuel.

The tyre will also wear down faster, along with many other parts of your engine which are being overworked. Their premature errors usually need repairing, with a tyre blowout needing a wheel replacement. Both of these issues hurt your wallet, and can cost hundreds when air at a fuel station only costs 50p.

What tyre pressure do I need for my car?

As we’ve tried to illustrate, keeping your tyre pressure at the right level is very important to stay safe on the roads. But it can be tricky to figure out what tyre pressure is correct and when. Manufacturers will always state the correct minimum and maximum levels for specific conditions in the service guide for your car. It’s important to periodically check the pressures and make sure they are at the right level.

To find the pressure required for your car, check your handbook. Remember to check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold, otherwise you will end up with under-inflated tyres. If you’re not sure how to do it, make sure to get help from an expert.