Correct tyre pressure is vital to your vehicle’s safety on the road. Under-inflated tyres affect handling and grip, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable behaviour.
They are also much more likely to suffer from a dangerous sudden rapid deflation, especially on motorway journeys at high speed. By keeping your tyres at their optimum pressure, running costs are also reduced.
Under-inflated tyres require a bigger force to make them turn, so your car uses more fuel.
Additionally, tyres which are not set to their correct pressure wear out more quickly.
To benefit from lower fuel bills, longer tyre life, increased safety and reduced CO2 emissions, make sure you check your tyre pressures at least once a month and before a long journey.
Worcester’s Mobile Mechanic is proud to support Tyre Safety Month in October, organised by TyreSafe.
This year’s campaign covers all three key areas of routine tyre maintenance: Air pressure; Condition; and Tread depth – ACT – and seeks to encourage motorists to check their tyres at least once a month every month, and before long journeys.
Don’t ignore your tyres, check:
• Air pressure: Use an accurate tyre pressure gauge to check tyres’ air pressure is at the recommended settings. Check the vehicles owner’s handbook or fuel filler cap.
• Condition: Lumps or bulges in a tyre may indicate internal damage and increase the risk of a catastrophic failure. If these, or cuts and cracks, are found while checking a tyre, the tyre may need replacing and professional advice should be sought.
• Tread depth: Tread depth should be checked with an accurate gauge to ensure it is above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm. If you don’t have an accurate tread depth gauge, a 20p can be used as a guide to how close your tread is to the limit if you don’t have a tread depth gauge available.
Visit the TyreSafe website for more information and to find the correct pressures for your tyres.