Everyone knows how important it is to have properly inflated tyres – it ensures safer driving, increases fuel efficiency and causes less harm to the environment.
But not everyone knows how to check their tyres, so here is the ultimate guide from TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, to making sure your tyres are inflated to the correct level.
1.Pressures should be checked at least once a month or before a long journey.
2.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.
3.Check the pressure when tyres are cold (i.e. when you have travelled less than two miles).
4.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.
5.Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
6.Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting to check the spare tyre as well.
7.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