Tyre inflation tips

As a driver, it's very important that you know how to check and maintain your tyre's pressure levels at all times. Failure to maintain acceptable tire pressure levels can often lead to loss of control of your vehicle, as well as accidents. So rather than running the risk of serious injury or damage, we recommend you check out these tyre inflation tips.

Know how to check your tyre pressure

It goes without saying that the first step to maintaining a good tyre inflation level is to know how to check your tyre pressure. This is something that you should do at least once a month, as not only will it ensure that your pressure levels are correct, but it will also enable you to keep a good eye on the condition of your tyres at all times.

In order to check your tyre pressure, simply drive to your local service station and find the nearest air pump. For the most part, these pumps are free to use, however some service stations may charge a small fee, such as 50p or £1 for their use.

Unscrew the tyre valve cap and attach the pump to your tyre. Some air pumps require you to depress the valve release button temporarily before they will give you a reliable reading of tyre pressure. Check the indicator on the pump to see what level your tyre pressure is at, and reference this against the recommended levels in your manufacturer booklet. This level will vary for most cars, but usually you're looking at between 30 and 35 PSI.

The next part of our tyre inflation tips focus on adjusting the level in your tyre.

How to add or remove air from your tyre

In most circumstances you will need to add air to your tyre. You can do this by depressing the valve release button on the air pump and regularly checking the air pressure level. You should aim to get it as close to the recommend values found in your manual as possible.

If you overinflate your tyre and need to remove some air, then you need to follow all the steps for inflation, but rather than fully depressing the air release valve on the air pump, only lightly press it. This will allow air to exit your tyre until the optimal pressure level has been reached.

Other tyre inflation tips include making sure that you keep your valve caps on at all times and making sure that the wheels on each side, for both the front and the back, are identical. This will not only help you with your car's handling, but will also ensure you get the most value for money in terms of mileage for fuel.

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