Tyre pressure of your car

Tyre Pressure of your Car

Generally, people know that it is important to check their Car tyres for punctures but how many know that they should be checking the tyre pressure too?

Having the right tyre pressure can add to the life of your Car’s tyre. It also improves the overall safety of your vehicle and helps burn less fuel. Tyre pressure is measured by working out the amount of air that has been pumped into the inside lining of your tyres in BAR pressure or PSI .

Tyre pressures should be checked cold. If tyre pressures are checked hot, add 4 to 5 psi (0.3 bar) to the recommended pressures. In case of unusual pressure loss, have the internal and external condition of the tyre checked, as well as the wheel and valve.

If you drive on tyres that are under inflated, they are prone to overheating. If they are over inflated they can cause you problems in driving the car properly. Over and under inflated tyres are more likely to be damaged than those that are inflated to the correct pressure. It is seen that during summer, the tyres lose more pressure, so the hotter it is, the more often you need to check them. Usually air also escapes at around 2lb of air per month.

The onus is on you as the driver to make sure that the tyre pressure is correct, and is checked  at least once a week. To check the Tyre pressure, you will need a gauge. You can either buy one from a Car accessory supplier or go to the Petrol station.

From the Car owner’s manual  you will get everything you need to know about pressure of Tyres.  The information might also be marked on the inside of the car. If not, you can always ask at a Car garage. In most cases, two different pressures are given – one is for driving with several people or heavy items on board and the other is for normal driving conditions.

Remember, the correct tyre pressure is important both for your safety and for a long tyre life.

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