Why correct tyre pressure is important
The amount of pressure recommended for your car is based on specific technical data related to the vehicle, e.g. the vehicle’s maximum load and the various attributes for both the front and rear axis. The right tyre pressure has a positive influence on some key areas of performance, including:
- Improving your tyre lifespan
- Decreasing your fuel consumption
- Safe driving
What if my tyre pressure is incorrect?
Improperly inflated tyres pose a real risk to the safety on the road. Driving with incorrect tyre pressures dramatically changes the handling of the car and can create a number of different issues depending on whether you have too much or too little air in your tyres.
If your car tyres are underinflated, you may experience any of the following:
- Longer braking distance on wet roads
- Less resistance to aquaplaning
- Oversteering and understeering
- Less precise movement, making it difficult to park
- Faster tyre wear
- Irregular wear
If you overinflate your tyres, you are likely to experience any of these:
How Often Should I Check My Tyre Pressure?
It goes without saying that your tyre pressure should be checked on a regular basis - but how often is enough? We recommended checking tyre pressure levels once every two weeks. This will ensure the pressure is correct and, if it isn’t, it has not dropped significantly enough to cause major problems.
However, this recommendation is valid only for checking your summer tyres’ pressures. When it comes to winter tyres, it is worth checking the tyre pressures every week as the colder temperature can quickly reduce the air pressure inside the tyres.
Likewise, it is also recommended that you check your tyres before any long drives. This way, there’s no surprise incidents along the way.