No matter how good you think your eyesight is, sight alone is not an accurate gauge for tyre pressure. In fact, by the time a tyre looks under inflated, it is seriously under inflated! Checking, and adjusting, your tyre pressure can be easily done at home. You should be checking your tyre pressure
once a month.
It’s super important to maintain your tyres inflation pressure at the recommended level. Under inflated tyres may cause premature wear and pose a potential hazard to yourself and other road users. Checking your tyre pressure every month is the best way to ensure that your tyres don’t dip too far below their optimal PSI (pounds per square inch, or the amount of gassy stuff you’ve got in your tyres).
You can find the required tyre pressure level for your car in a few different ways. Firstly, there’s your vehicle/owner’s manual - lost your copy? You can usually locate a version online. Usually you can find this information on a sticker
in the door jamb on the driver’s side of your vehicle. On occasion it may be on the glovebox or fuel cap . It’s worth noting that in some vehicles different pressure levels may be required for the front and rear tyres.
The pros of a monthly tyre pressure check?
- Increases the life on your tyres (when done properly, so read carefully!)
- Greater fuel efficiency
- Quicker steering response
- A smoother ride
Sometimes, you may need to do a random tyre pressure check, outside of your regular monthly checks. Including...
- When a tyre looks low in pressure
- If unusual tyre tread wear patterns appear.
- If the vehicle has encountered a road hazard, such as a pothole, collision with a curb or another vehicle.
Lastly, don’t forget to include your spare tyre in your monthly tyre pressure check! What’s worse than a flat tyre? A flat tyre and a flat spare tyre!