Bradley Jando | Monday 19th July 2021 9:30am
Your tyres are part of what keeps your car moving, getting you from A to B and everywhere in between. Thatís why when youíre inspecting the condition of your car (and whether itís safe enough to be on the roads), one of the first things you should be looking at is the condition of your tyres. Particularly, your tyre pressure.
When your tyres are maintained well, they typically last longer and respond better to your carís steering. But, having the wrong pressure in your tyres can make driving dangerous, as it affects your ability to brake properly, as well as affecting the handling of your vehicle while youíre driving. It also increases the likelihood of punctures and tyre damage, as well as potentially costing you more - due to the risk of blowing out your tyre, as well as increased fuel consumption.
The correct tyre pressure
Checking your tyres regularly, around every couple of weeks, can prevent any tyre pressure issues that might slip under the radar. But when it comes to the correct tyre pressure, there is no Ďone size fits allí measurement. With so many different types of makes and models of cars, identifying the right pressure for your car can feel overwhelming.
At KwikFit, we have an online tyre pressure tool that has been designed to remove the stress of having to look through endless lists of car makes and models. Instead, you can type in your vehicle number plate, and weíll provide you with the right tyre pressure for your car. Please be aware that if you are using your vehicle to carry additional weight, you should always consult your carís handbook for the correct laden pressure.
Too little or too much pressure
If the pressure of your tyres is higher or lower than the approved levels, you can rectify this quite simply. If the pressure of your tyres is too low, you can use an air pump to inflate your tyres. You can do this at home, or at petrol stations that offer an air pump.
In the event that the pressure of your tyres is too high, you can remove the dust cap and carefully release some of the air in the tyres. Make sure that you do this slowly and carefully, and remember that you will need to recheck the pressure after to ensure that it is correct. If you let too much air go from the tyres, you might find yourself having to find an air pump to top them up.
Tyre inspections with Kwik Fit
While our tyre pressure tool includes a vast range of makes and models, if we are unable to provide you with your recommended tyre pressure, or if you have any concerns about the overall condition of your tyres, we can help. Here at Kwik Fit, we offer a free tyre inspection at all of our centres. All you have to do is book your free tyre inspection online and our trained technicians will be able to inform you of the recommended pressures for the front and rear tyres after carrying out a thorough check of all your tyres.
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