Making sure your tyres are properly inflated has numerous benefits from helping you get more miles out of tank of fuel to giving you a comfier safer ride.
Most motorists probably just nip into the local petrol station and use their machines to check the pressure in their tyres. But there are other ways, as readers of the Sunday Times excellent motoring supplement ingear found out yesterday.
Reader CL, from London, asked: “Can you recommend an accurate tyre pressure gauge? My old mechanical gauges give variable readings, which does not inspire confidence.”
David Pollard, an extremely well-informed member of the Car Clinic panel who has tested virtually every car-related accessory, had this response: “Petrol station gauges are generally inaccurate because they’re abused, and mechanical gauges are less reliable and harder to read than digital ones.
“The Michelin Keyring Digital Gauge has a blue backlight and a white LED to illuminate the valve, and is available at speeding.co.uk for £9.99.
“Alternatively, the Ring RAC150 digital gauge (£9.95 at theultimatefinish.co.uk) has a red LED, a solar panel and a built-in tyre-tread gauge.
“If you prefer an analogue-type dial gauge, the Race X RX0014 is god value at £9.98 (dcp-shop.co.uk). All three were accurate in independent testing and could hold recorded pressure for at least 10 seconds.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office