The importance of correct tyre pressure

Posted by: Cal on 17/02/2014

Category: General

Although it's important to always change your car tyres frequently in order to keep safe, there are steps you can take to prolong the life of your wheels and ensure your current set is as safe as possible. One of the most important is monitoring your tyre pressure, and knowing when to re-inflate them.

Having correctly inflated tyres is integral to safety while driving on the roads, and can also mean you won't need to change them as frequently - which could save you some serious coin!

So, how do you know when your car is in need of some tyre maintenance?

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that you check your tyre pressure at your local petrol or service station monthly. It's normal for your set to gradually lose air, but the process can be sped up by weather conditions - if conditions change drastically, they could lose even more air than usual.

There's no excuse for not knowing what the recommended tyre pressure for your car is. It's located all over your car! You can find the recommended pressure in your car user manual, inside the fuel flap, and on the labels of the drivers door. 

If you find your tyres are deflated, fill them with enough air to meet the recommended tyre pressure. However, be careful not to overfill with air, as too much pressure can reduce the life of your tyres. In fact, if they are oversupplied by 20 per cent, you could wipe as much as 10,000 km off the life of your tyres - you can almost hear the wallet straining!

If you're really unsure whether your tyre pressure is right, don't be afraid to ask us to have a quick look for you while you're in store

Making sure your car has the correct tyre pressure has many benefits that you won't want to miss out on. Most importantly, it's a whole lot safer. According to the New Zealand AA, overinflating your tyres can cause them to wear unevenly, as well as affect the car's ability to brake. Under inflated tyres can also affect braking and the way your car handles on corners. According to Bridgestone Tyres, you could even save fuel by maintaining the correct pressure!

However, even the most vigilant of tyre pressure checkers cannot avoid the reality that all four will eventually need replacing. When the time comes, invest in a quality brand such as Bridgestone tyres or Pirelli tyres - just remember to check their pressure once a month!