With petrol and diesel prices rising, it is increasingly important to ensure tyres are properly inflated to help make vehicles more fuel efficient – which is why Tesco has angered customers by pumping up prices at its air machines.
The cost of pumping up tyres on Tesco forecourts has risen from a minimum 20p to 50p, according to newspaper reports today, with the retail giant pointing out the extra 30p, a 150 per cent rise, gives drivers five minutes instead of two to pump up tyres.
However, motorists say Tesco is simply money grabbing, as two minutes is enough and they could put in another 20p if they needed longer.
Added to which critics also point out that Sainsbury’s offers the same service for free!
Megan French, Consumer Writer at MoneySavingExpert.com, told MailOnline: “Keeping your tyres properly inflated is important, not only from a safety point of view, but it can also help keep your fuel costs down.
“It would be worth remembering where you can top up your tyres for free, so you can call in when you’re passing or nearby.”
If tyres are correctly inflated they will be more fuel efficient, saving motorists money at the pumps, and they will wear more evenly helping them to last longer – again helping drivers save more money.
It only takes a few minutes to check the pressure, ideally when the tyres are cold (i.e. when they have travelled less than two miles), and it should be done at least once a month and ahead of long journeys. Always ensure the tyres are correctly inflated for the load being carried, such as additional passengers or holiday luggage.
The correct settings can be found in the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.
Denna Bowman, Head Office