Making sure your tyres are properly inflated not only prolongs their life and keeps you safer on the road, it also helps you get more miles to the gallon.
Top motoring expert Quentin Willson drove home the message about how low tyres pressure will add pennies and pounds at the pumps in his Sunday Mirror column.
Responding to a grumble from Paul Morrissey that his seven-year-old Nissan Micra 1.2 was getting through £35 worth of petrol every week just to potter around town, Quentin had some excellent advice that applies to us all.
He wrote: “You should get at least 45mpg, so something’s wrong with your car, driving style, or both. Make sure it’s been recently serviced. Dirty oil and blocked air filters don’t help, neither will low tyre pressures. Drive gently, don’t punch pedals and avoid too much braking.
“Anticipate the road ahead, use the car’s momentum to slow you down and get into the highest gear as early as you can. Most importantly, switch on your fuel computer. Unless you know your average mgp, you won’t be able to improve it.
“If that doesn’t help, your engine must be seriously knackered.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office