How To Check Your Tyre Pressure & Why It’s Important
Tyre pressure is a measure of the air pumped into the inner lining of the tyre. The optimal pressure level in a given tyre is specified by its manufacturer. Tyres should be checked for correct pressure every few weeks. Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is important for various reasons. It reduces wear and tear, ensures vehicle safety and enhances fuel efficiency.
If the tyres are under inflated, they will have more rolling resistance and can overheat easily. On the other hand, over inflated tyres can make a vehicle’s handling difficult. Tyres with incorrect air pressure tend to wear out easily; they suffer more damage and hence will need replacing more often. Maintaining the precise pressure in the tyres makes fuel usage economical as well as it enhances fuel efficiency hence reducing carbon dioxide emission from the vehicle & saving you money.
Above all, correct tyre pressure ensures safe driving. For all these reasons, checking the air pressure in a vehicles tyres is crucial. There might not be any visible signs of incorrect pressure, so you need to get the tyres checked on regular basis, especially in summer season when tyres tend to get deflated more easily. You can pop into our Blackpool or Little Island branch for a free tyre inspection.
If you’re checking the tyre pressure yourself the first thing that needs to be done before using the pressure gauge is to determine the optimal pressure level. This information is usually provided in the manufacturer manual that comes with the car.
Once you have found the accurate amount of pressure required, you will need a pressure gauge. The device is easy to use and can be bought at cheap rates. There are several brands in the market offering pressure gauges starting from a few euro. Unscrew the valve cap and attach the pressure gauge to the valve. Note down the reading. Make sure that when the gauge is attached to the valve it does not give a hissing sound. However, if it does, you can alter the device angle and tighten it further.
If the reading matches with the one specified in the manual, your tyres are good, otherwise, you will have to adjust the amount of air in them. If the tyres are over inflated, you can simply let some air escape the tyres. And, if they are under inflated, you can fill in air by taking the tyres to a filling station or calling into Dessies for a free tyre inspection. Once the pressure is adjusted, clean the valve area and re-attach the valve cap.
The gauge reading is usually in PSI or bar pressure. The reading can be converted to whichever unit you want via online converters or settings on your gauge if it has that feature .
In conclusion maintaining correct tyre pressure is very simple and should be regularly checked for safe vehicle handling and fuel efficiency.