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When Should You Check Your Tyre Pressure

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Tyres are the only part of your vehicle that make contact with the road surface at all times, thus it’s vital that they are in optimal condition. Ensure that you carry out basic checks regularly to review the health of your tyres.

Take bicycle riders for example. All cyclists will know that if you try to ride a bike with underinflated tyres, they’ll require much more effort and find it strenuous as they would have to expend much more energy. In the same way, you would waste fuel and create an additional amount of CO2 emissions simply because you’ve failed to inflate your tyres correctly. 

When tyres are cold

The tyre pressure within the vehicle manufacturers guide is given for cold tyres. So the ‘cold’ tyres basically mean the car should not have been driven for a few hours to ensure that you have the correct tyre pressure after inflating them. 

Before and after long drives

It is vital that you check your tyres before and after long distances as the pressure of long driving can fluctuate. Always ensure that your tyres are inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications as this will allow your tyres to perform optimally. 

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How to check your tyre pressure

Driving with over or under-inflated tyres is one of the most dangerous things a driver could do. Over-inflated tyres could pose a threat to your vehicle as they are prone to provide you with limited grip, with a considerable risk of blowing out. Neglecting your tyres of proper inflation can cause serious damage and risk to life, so it’s essential that you check your tyre pressure correctly. 

You’ll need to figure out what your tyre pressure is, which can be found in the vehicle manufacturers guide. Most manufacturers would recommend a different tyre pressure for both the rear and the front tyres as there would be added weight of the engine depending on where it is located in your car. 

Alternatively, the majority of petrol stations offer tyre inflation for a small fee. All you need to do is remove the tyre valves caps before inserting the money as you don’t want to be wasting time taking them off once you’ve popped your money into the machine.

Set the compressed air to the correct tyre pressure, place the hose over the tyre valve and let the machine fill-up the tyre with air. Once this is done, make sure that you reset the tyre pressure for the front or rear tyres if they have different recommended tyre pressures.

It’s vital that you check your tyre pressure and tread at least once every two weeks, especially if you drive for long distances. Tyre checking only takes a few minutes to carry out car checks, you could potentially save lives. 

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