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As well as having good quality tyres on your vehicle it is also import to ensure that you have the right tyre pressure. The right tyre pressure will contribute to safety, comfort and low fuel consumption.
What can happen if the tyre pressure is too low?
A low tyre pressure will cost you more money because of the higher fuel consumption and lower mileage. Lower fuel consumption will also have a detrimental effect on the environment. As well as the increased costs it can also be extremely dangerous because the driving characteristics of the car when steering and braking can deteriorate significantly, especially on wet ground. This can easily lead to aquaplaning.
At high speeds, an under-inflated tyre can burst.
The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found as specified by the vehicle manufacturer.
When your vehicle is carrying a heavy load, for example when travelling on holiday with extra passengers and luggage, you must increase the tyre pressure accordingly. In individual cases, vehicle manufacturers prescribe a higher tyre pressure when driving at high speeds.
When measuring the pressure in your tyres- ideally this should be done when the temperature is 20 degrees outside as the tyre should not be too warm. It is best to check the pressure before driving or after a short drive.
Most new vehicles are fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). They are intended to alert the driver to a rapid pressure drop while driving. It is always recommended that the driver should regularly check the tyre pressure manually also.
If you would like any further advice regarding Tyre Pressure, please contact our tyre specialist here at Auto Surefit Motoring Centre, Wolverhampton