It should be standard routine for anyone who drives a vehicle to always check the tyre pressure. If the tyres are under- or over-inflated, it can have detrimental effects on the performance of your vehicle and cost you a bundle in the long run. Improper inflation can seriously reduce the life span of the tyre, decrease fuel efficiency and affect the vehicle’s road handling and braking.
The simplest and most cost effective way to check tyre pressure is to use the public air compressor that you find at your local petrol station. There usually is a chart on the wall indicating tyre pressures for most UK tyre makes and models. If not, the correct pressure for your own car should be in the vehicles user manual. Be sure that you check for the correct pressure for both the front and rear tyres of the car. Many modern vehicles tyre pressures will differ between the front and the rear.
If you had just gone for a ride, try to leave the car for at least an hour for the engine and other components to cool down. If you do not you may risk injury from burns. Also, try to check the tyre pressures when the tyres are cold. Under driving conditions the tyres will warm up and give you a false reading so it you’ve driven more than a mile, leave your car for an hour for the tyres to cool down.