As the Christmas credit card bills start popping through the letter box and the VAT rise, not to mention the fuel price hikes begin kicking in, it’s time to think of ways to save cash or at least get better value for money.
Making sure your tyres are properly inflated is a simple way to get a bit of extra mileage out of a tank of fuel and it only takes a couple of minutes.
The point is, if your tyres are underinflated, most of the weight is concentrated on the tread near the sidewalls, rather than being spread out more evenly across the width of the tyre. This means that the sidewall will continually flex and heat up which affects both performance – and safety.
So follow these tips and save yourself a few quid:
* Pressures should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level. This can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler flap or on the driver’s door sill.
* Check the pressure when tyres are cold (i.e. when you have travelled less than two miles).
* If you are carrying a full load of passengers or luggage or will be towing a trailer or caravan, tyre pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Details can be found in the vehicle handbook.
* Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
* Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting to check the spare tyre as well.
* While checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
Denna Bowman, Head Office