With fuel prices set to increase by a penny from Friday, it’s a good time to remember to check your tyres are properly inflated to make sure you get the most miles out of a tank of fuel.
Making sure your tyres have the right pressure only takes you a few minutes, especially if you do it at a fuel station when you are filling up, yet it can save you pounds at the pump.
So if you want to soften the impact of the 1p a litre fuel rise from October 1st follow these steps:
* Pressures should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level. This can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler flap 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, tyre pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Details can be found in the vehicle handbook.
* Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
* Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting to check the spare tyre as well.
* While checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
Denna Bowman, Head Office