Why having the correct tyre pressure is important!
Having the correct tyre pressure is crucial for both safety as well as extending the life span of your tyre.
Tyre pressure should be checked on a monthly basis, this would include checking the spare tyre as well before embarking on any long distance drive. You need to ensure the tyre pressure matches the pressures recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
To get a correct reading the tyre pressure should be checked when it is cold as if it is checked when it is hot you will need to add an allowance of 4 to 5 psi (0.3 bar)to the guide pressure value.
If your tyre is losing pressure the first point to examine should be the physical condition of the tyre internal as well as external along with the condition of the wheel and valve.
Getting to grips with tyre pressure!
Having maximum grip on the road is essential for road safety and having the correct pressure in your tyres is vital in achieving this. The diagram below shows how much grip a tyre has on the road based on its pressure.
Tips for tyre pressure
Having maximum grip on the road is essential for road safety and having the correct pressure in your tyres is vital in achieving this.
Tyres that are under inflated can not only overheat but also increase the chances of it bursting. It also leads to poor handling of your vehicle. Low pressure on the front axle will increase under steer as opposed to low pressure on the rear axle increasing over steer.
Tyres that are over inflated and under inflated are prone to more damage than those with the correct tyre pressure and also require to be changed more often. Under inflated tyres have an increased rolling resistance which take more fuel to maintain the same speed.