With fuel prices so high it’s worth remembering you can ease some of the pressure of spending a fortune at the pumps by checking your tyres.
Making sure your tyres are correctly inflated only takes a few minutes and as well as reducing your fuel bill it has extra benefits of increased safety, lower CO2 emissions and longer tyre life.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of Tyresafe, one of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisations, said recently: “Reduced fuel bills are possible by simply making sure tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, so at a time when every penny counts for many motorists, just a few extra minutes taking these simple steps can pay real dividends.”
Under inflated tyres cause higher fuel consumption as the tyres have an increased rolling resistance, which means that the engine has to work harder and more fuel is used, making the car less economical.
Calculations from one TyreSafe member show that when tyres are under-inflated by just 20 percent or around 6psi, 3 percent more fuel is used.
If you’re not sure how to check your tyre pressure, follow TyreSafe’s simple guide:
Check your tyre pressures at least once a month.
Tyre pressures should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level which can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler cap 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, pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
Ensure a reliable and accurate gauge is used.
Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting the spare.
When checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stone or other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition take your vehicle to an approved fitting centre and speak to a qualified specialist.
Denna Bowman, Head Office