By Alex Kapadia
When it comes to checking tyre pressure it is best to do it when the tyres are cold, because it gives a more accurate result.
However, if you have to drive to a garage to carry out the checks the tyres are inevitably going to warm up – so the solution is to buy your very own tyres pressure gauge and inflator and do the checks and inflating on your own doorstep.
Consumer watchdogs Which? have researched the models available on the market and recommended a Best Buy product for both of the essential pieces of home car maintenance kit.
For the tyre pressure gauge, they recommend the Michelin Digital Gauge 12279 with an impressive overall score of 97%, concluding it was ‘the easiest to use that we tested. It is durable and has a digital display that is clear and easy to read. It has a wide pressure range from 5 to 99psi, gives accurate readings and was untroubled by our drop test.’ Price £25.
And for the tyre inflator, Which? awarded top marks of 80% to the Ring RAC 750, reporting the mains-powered inflator is: ‘is easily the fastest electric device we tested for checking tyres. It was accurate within one psi in our tests. It isn’t one to keep in your car as it won’t run off the vehicle’s 12V power supply. But it’s good for regular checks in your own garage or drive.’
Which? also added: ‘It was the fastest electric inflator that we tested by some distance, albeit needing mains power. It inflated our tyre to 25psi in one minute 15 seconds.’