The Importance of Proper Tyre Pressure

There are numerous benefits provided by ensuring the importance of proper tyre pressure. These benefits include extending the longevity of your tyres, improving the overall safety of your vehicle and enabling you to maintain an overall better fuel economy.

A vehicle’s air pressure is measured through a calculation which establishes the amount of air which has been pumped into a tyre’s inner lining, in pounds force (PSI) or BAR pressure. The suitable pressure level of a tyre is specified by the manufacturer of your vehicle. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your tyre pressure is regularly checked and corrected. This should be done every few weeks.

Why is it important to maintain the correct tyre pressure?

There are three reasons why it is important to ensure that your vehicle has the correct tyre pressure. The first of these is safety. Simply put underinflated tyres are unsafe, this is because when a tyre is insufficiently inflated it can overheat, which results in a decrease in the level of handling a vehicle has on the road.

The second reason why correct tyre pressure is important is from the perspective of your finances. Tyres which do not have the correct pressure level, whether this be overinflated or underinflated, suffer greater levels of damage and as a result need to be replaced more frequently. Also, vehicles which have underinflated tyres have a greater rolling distance, requiring higher levels of fuel to maintain a constant speed level.

The final reason of the importance of proper tyre pressure is environmental. Ensuring tyres have the correct pressure level is a significant factor in maintaining the optimum fuel efficiency for your vehicle. This will ultimately result in your vehicle emitting lower carbon emissions when compared with vehicles with low tyre pressure, which reduces your carbon footprint.

In order to ensure your tyres have the correct pressure levels it is imperative to check them regularly. This is due to the fact that it often is not obvious that a tyre is losing air, typically air escapes at a rate of two pounds per month. Seasonal variations also impact on the loss of air, as more air is lost during warmer weather. Therefore, during the warmer months you should check your tyre pressure more regularly.

The optimum tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found in the vehicle’s handbook, or in the technical information which can be found either on the fuel tank top, or on the inside of your vehicle’s front right hand door.

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