Who can remember the last time they had to look under the bonnet of their car? If, like many people, you haven’t looked in a while then don’t worry, you’re not alone. With technology the way it is these days, modern cars are just more reliable than they ever used to be. And even the things we should check regularly – like oil or coolant levels – often slip our mind, rarely considered.
It’s no wonder we’re also less likely than ever to check our tyre pressures regularly. But the truth is we need to because this really matters. Even technology can’t excuse us – even if your car is fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) you still need to check.
With driver safety our number one consideration, Northcliffe our ambition is to keep you and your family as safe as possible on the road. But we also want to help you save money – and avoid fines.
Tyre safety first, always
When it comes to tyre pressures, everyone on the Northcliffe Garage team knows from experience that too much or too little air can be dangerous.
These are dangerous because they directly affect the way your car handles, and your ability to stop quickly. And since under-inflated tyres are softer, sharp objects (such as nails and glass) don’t always glance off them, increasing the chances of getting a puncture.
With over-inflated tyres there is an increased risk of high-speed blow-outs since there is no ’give‘ in the tyre shape, resulting in higher stress loads. A high-speed blow-out has obvious consequences that none of us want to have to face.
How to check your tyre pressures
In the UK, the Department for Transport and Continental Tyres both recommend that you check your tyre pressures at least once a month, even if your vehicle is fitted with TPMS.
TOP TIP: Tyre pressure readings are more accurate when the tyres are cold. As such, it’s a good idea to check them before you begin a journey. Alternatively, when you fill up at the petrol station, you can use the tyre services available.
FIND THEM: You’ve probably seen your vehicle’s correct tyre pressure values printed on the inside of the fuel cap, or inside the driver door.
HOW TO: First, remove your tyre’s valve dust cover and attach the air hose. The air hose also measures tyre pressure. Next, either top up or release air until the pressures are correct for all wheels.
Driver safety is uppermost to us all at Northcliffe Garage, Shipley. If you’re unsure how to check your tyre pressures, or how to top up or release the air, speak with one of our experienced tyre professionals. Call 01274 581118 today. Find out more about our services and how we can help.