Having the wrong tyre pressure can cause you to run into a number of safety complications and could also sting you financially. You should regularly keep an eye on your tyre pressure as it will help prevent the following:-
*Loss of car handling
*Loss of grip on the roads
*High fuel consumption
*Risk of accidents
An under or over inflated tyre has less contact with the road so the car’s grip is reduced. This creates handling difficulties and other safety issues which isn’t good for anyone. Less grip also reduces fuel efficiency, which makes the car more expensive to run and you will find you’ll be replacing those tyres a lot sooner than you'd expect.
Each car has a required level of tyre pressure and you should always try and keep it at the correct level.
You can check what your tyre pressure should be by having a look at the inside of the driver’s door, the petrol cap or the cars handbook.
Should you need to check it now, click on the below link to TyreSafe.org who have a smart tool to identify your required level for you when entering your make and model.
Without getting too technical - Tyre pressure is measured in PSI (pounds per square inch) or ‘bars’. A Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) is a special tyre sensor that always monitors the pressure levels and it will alert you when the pressure becomes too low. All cars made within the EU since 2012 have this sensor fitted but it’s always advised to check the tyre pressure monthly, before a long journey or as often as you see fit. If your car was made before 2012 and doesn’t have the TPMS sensor, it is possible to get one fitted.
Bear in mind that you should check the tyres when you are not carrying a heavy load and when the tyres are cold as hot tyres may give you an inaccurate reading.
If you want to check your tyre pressure you can do so manually and it doesn’t take long. Most fuel stations should have a facility on the forecourt or you could get your own ‘pressure gauge’ so you can keep an eye on it as much as you want. Safe Travelling!