Tyre Pressure Help & Guide
Safety: The Importance of Correct Tyre Pressure
When driving on under inflated tyres, the performance of your car in key areas such as handling and grip decline – leading to the potential for unpredictable behaviour.
When a tyre is under inflated, more of the tyre comes into contact with the road. This causes a build-up in the heat of the tyre when rolling – making it more likely for that tyre to suffer a dangerous blowout. This is especially true when driving on a motorway at high speeds.
Each vehicle will require a different tyre pressure - as recommended by the manufacturer - so it is important to know what pressure is required for your car.
Financial: How Correct Tyre Pressure Affects Fuel Bills
Ensuring that your tyres are inflated to the best pressure, as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer, the cost of running your car be also be reduced. This is because tyres that are significantly under inflated need a larger amount of to make them move - something which requires your car to uses more fuel. On top of this, a tyre that is not set to the correct pressure for a specific vehicle will wear far quicker.
So, 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.
TPMS - Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
A Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (also known as TPMS) is a device fitted to a vehicle that continuously monitors the tyre pressure of tyres thanks to special tyre sensors. If there is a change to the tyre pressure of a tyre then the motorist receives a warning.
The use of a TPMS can greatly boost your safety on the road, as every few seconds the tyre pressure is tested. Given that one of the main causes of a tyre blow out is incorrect tyre pressure, the chances of this occurring on a tyre when a TPMS is active are significantly reduced
In the long run a TPMS can save a motorists money – as ensuring that your tyre is set to the correct pressure helps to prolong the lifespan of tyres and improves the rolling resistance.
It is worth noting that If a car has TPMS and was registered after 01/01/2013, then the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is required to be tested during the car’s initial MOT.