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Use the right tyre pressure to ensure your vehicle's safety and save money on your fuel bills in the process
Tyre PressureWhile most of us are probably guilty of forgetting to check our tyre pressure regularly, it has a huge impact not just on the performance of your vehicle, but also on its fuel efficiency and safety, so it's definitely a habit worth forming.
Your tyres are the only contact between the road and your car, so it’s vitally important to understand how your tyre pressure can affect your driving and the performance of your vehicle. Did you know, for instance, that the wrong tyre pressure can affect the handling and grip of your car, causing irregular and unpredictable vehicle behaviour? It can also initiate dangerous blowouts, particularly when driving at high speeds on the motorway.
Along with improving safety, applying the right tyre pressure can actually save you money, as your running costs will be lower thanks to reduced fuel consumption. If your tyre pressure isn’t correct according to the specifications of your car, the tyre will require a greater force to turn it, consequently using more fuel.
You'll also end up having to change your tyres more often, as it is common for tyres to wear out more quickly when the wrong tyre pressure is used. This is down to the increased force, as well as uneven wear of the tyre, on those areas that have the most contact with the road.
At TyresOnTheDrive we recommend that you check your tyre pressure at least once a month, and especially before heading out on long journeys, to ensure maximum safety. You will also reap the benefits of longer tyre life, lower fuel bills and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
How to check your tyre pressureEach vehicle requires a different tyre pressure. Read as a pounds per square inch (psi) or bar number, the correct pressure can be found in your vehicle handbook. If you can't find the handbook, you can also find your unique psi number on a small chart usually found on either the driver’s door sill or on the inside of the fuel cap.
To take a reading of your current tyre pressure, unscrew the dust cap from the tyre and insert a pressure gauge into the valve. You can then measure whether your tyre is over or under inflated from the reading versus your recommended psi or bar number. If you find that your tyre needs air, inflate it using an air pump or the handy facilities found at your local petrol station.