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The Ins & Outs of Tyre Pressure

Your vehicle’s tyres are one of the most important safety features of your car and keeping them properly inflated is crucial for both safety and efficiency. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of having the right air pressure in your tyres, what happens when you have incorrect pressure, how to find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle, and how to check the pressure for your tyres. 

The Benefits of the Right Air Pressure 

Maintaining the correct tyre air pressure is crucial for safe driving and extending tyre life. Firstly, it ensures that your tyres make optimal contact with the road, improving handling, braking and stability. This is essential for maintaining control of your vehicle, especially in wet or slippery conditions. 

Secondly, proper tyre pressure can also help extend the life of your tyres. If a tyre is overinflated, the sidewall and tread become harder, decreasing the traction and performance on the road. 

Lastly, maintaining the correct air pressure in your tyres can also improve fuel efficiency. Underinflated tyres increase rolling resistance, making it harder for your vehicle to move forward, and as a result, causing it to consume more fuel. 

What Happens if You Have Incorrect Tyre Pressure? 

Having incorrect tyre air pressure can cause several problems. Underinflated tyres can lead to increased tyre wear, less fuel economy and can even result in a blowout, which can be dangerous. On the other hand, overinflated tyres can cause excessive tyre wear, a bouncy ride and decreased handling. Be sure to enter the correct air pressure and check it regularly to ensure a smooth, efficient, and safe ride. 

What Should Your Tyre Pressure Be

The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle will depend on the make and model of your car, as well as the type of tyre you have. The recommended tyre pressure can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, on a sticker in the driver’s door jamb, or sometimes on the inside of the fuel filler flap. The recommended tyre pressure or as known as PSI (stands for pounds per square inch) which is the measurement of your tyre’s air pressure is crucial for the safety and better handling of your tyres. 

How to Check Your Tyre Air Pressure

Checking tyre pressure when the tyres are cold guarantees a more accurate reading. This is because driving 3km or more heats up the tyres and increases the pressure, giving an inaccurate reading. 

You can find an air compressor at your nearest service station. Simply remove the valve cap from your tyre and press the tyre pressure gauge onto the valve stem. The gauge will display the pressure reading, which you can then compare to the recommended pressure for your vehicle. 

How Often Should You Check Your Tyre Pressure? 

It’s recommended that you check your tyre pressure at least once a month and before any long trips. Tyres can lose air pressure over time, and driving on underinflated tyres can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep an eye on your tyre pressure regularly. 

Inflating tyres it’s a simple task that can make a big difference in your vehicle’s performance and can save you money in the long run by improving fuel efficiency and extending the life of your tyres. So, be sure to check your tyre pressure regularly, and adjust it as needed to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. 

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