The importance of regular tyre pressure checks

Posted by: Cal on 12/02/2013

Category: Maintenance

Are your tyres under-inflated? If they are, you could be more at risk of an accident, as well as paying more than you need to in fuel and tyre maintenance costs.

That's because tyre pressure is intimately linked to tyre performance. Simply put, fully inflated tyres are safer, perform better and last longer. And they improve your mileage!

So it is in your interest to check the pressure of your tyres regularly - every one to two weeks ideally.

That's all well and good, you say, but how do I know what PSI my car's tyres should be inflated to?

Most vehicles will list the recommended tyre pressures in either the owner's manual or on a placard mounted somewhere on the vehicle - this could be on the inside of the petrol cap or on the interior door panel, for instance.

If you wish to be extra accurate, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) recommends buying your own pencil type gauge rather than relying on the ones found at service stations.

It's also important to remember that tyre pressures are affected by ambient temperature, so it's best to check your tyres' PSI when they are 'cold' - i.e. before you've driven much that day.