Consumer watchdog magazine Which? has important advice for vehicle owners feeling the squeeze – look after your tyres.
It states: ‘You can minimise your maintenance costs by driving your car sympathetically and maintaining the correct tyres pressure, both of which will reduce tyre and brake wear.’
Etyres advised motorists to check in their vehicle handbook to see the manufacturers recommended pressure level and always keep your pressure at that rate.
If the pressure is too low more rubber comes into contact with the road. This increases the force of the resistance between the tyre and the road, so more fuel is needed to keep the same speed as with firmer tyres. It can also harm the cars suspension.
Excessive air pressure results in faster wear on treads and a hard, bumpy ride.
Running cars on tyres with the correct pressure is also good for the environment because it reduces CO2 emissions.
Oliver Hall, etyres Operations Executive