We drive with our cars on a daily basis, going to work and coming back home. All this driving tends to have an effect on the wheels and tyres, so it’s best to check them regularly as well as keep the tyres inflated. But how often should you pump your tyres?
The recommended pressure levels for front and rear tyres are often different. Tyre pressure differs from car to car and having the correct inflation pressure optimizes the car’s performance and increases your personal safety when driving.
If you’re not sure what your car’s tyre pressure should be, or how to check the tyre pressure then refer to your car’s manual. In most cases, two different sets of pressures are given; one for normal driving conditions and the other for a loaded vehicle with extra people or heavy items on board. Driving with incorrect tyre pressures can affect the vehicle’s handling, and can seriously compromise safety or lead to accidents. You need pump your tyres if the pressure is too low.
To check your tyre inflation pressure you will need a tyre pressure gauge or use the gauge on the inflation equipment found at most wheel and tyre fitment centres and petrol stations. There are two types of pocket gauge: dial-type and pencil-type.
• The pencil type is long, slender, and metallic, about the size of a pencil. It contains a graduated sliding extension that is forced out of the sleeve by air pressure when attached to the tire stem.
• The dial type has a similar fitting to the pencil type, but it includes a graduated gauge and needle.
Low tyre pressure can affect your vehicle’s endurance, road holding and your braking system. Having the correct tyre pressure on your vehicle is one of the easiest and most important things you can do for your car. The economic and safety benefits are huge.
When you have the correct pressure your tyre wears longer and is not required to be changed as often.
Car tire pressures usually range from 30-35 psi (pounds per square inch), although light trucks often require a higher pressure. Tires naturally tend to deflate about 1 psi each month. You should check your tire pressures monthly at a minimum, since ambient temperature affects tire psi. This is a good way to catch a slow leak. It is a good idea to check your tires pressures when you fill up with gas. Rather than standing by the pump, grab your tire pressure gauge and check your tire pressure. Be sure to check the air pressure in your spare twice a year, otherwise it will also be flat when you need it.
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