By ensuring your car's tyres are kept inflated to the manufacturer's recommended tyre pressure levels, you can extend the life of your tyres, improve the handling of your vehicle, and maintain optimum fuel efficiency.
Tyres which are over or under inflated will affect the handling of your car and may cause the tyres to overheat. This will cause your tyres to wear out quicker than if you had kept the pressure at the correct level.
What Should my Tyre Pressure Be?
This information can be found in the user manual of the vehicle but is also usually printed on a sticker located inside the driver’s door jamb.
Failing this, you can also look up your tyre pressure online although be aware no website will take responsibility for giving you the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle so if you’re not sure then take it to a garage, which is ultimately the best bet.
If you over fill your tyres then the handling of the car will be compromised as the tyres have to swell to take in the extra air. Over inflation actually has the effect of reducing the contact area where the tyre touches the ground.
Increasing the tyre inflation without increasing the load in the car will reduce the vehicle handling most significantly in corners. The optimum tyre pressure is normally the one designated by the car manufacturer.
A few years ago there were stories about how you could overinflate the tyres of your car and gain some fuel economy but the prospect of losing any handling of your car certainly outweighs any fuel economy benefits.
Michelin has previously stated: "[Our] recommendation is, and always has been, that the correct and only inflation pressure for your vehicle is that which is specified by the OE vehicle manufacturer, either on the placard (inside the driver's door jamb) or owner's manual."
Overinflated tyres will wear in the centre more than any other area on the tyre.
Underinflating your tyres will mean you use up more fuel and increases the tyre wear and tear as more of the tyre is in contact with the ground. Driving with your tyre pressures set 10% lower than the recommended level will increase the fuel consumption by up to 5%. The tyres themselves will wear out up to 30% faster than if you had kept them at the right level.
Underinflated tyres will wear on the edges more than any other area.
When Should I Check my Tyre Pressures?
You should check your tyre pressures at least twice a month and definitely before a long trip. The best time to check your tyres is when they are cool, so don’t examine them immediately after you’ve ended a journey as this could give you the wrong reading.
If you have any further questions about your tyres or the pressure of your tyres, you can get in touch with the team here at Event Tyres. You can also book a mobile tyre fitting, please make your order online.
We’re up to 40% cheaper than the high street and we’ll drive directly to a location of your choice to provide you with a free fitting.