While you might not give them much thought on a daily basis, your tyres are four of the most important features of your car. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to get from one place to another, so it’s crucial that you look after them properly all year round. It’s your responsibility as a driver to make sure that your tyres are in tiptop condition, and it’s also important that you’re aware of how the change in seasons can affect your wheels.
For example, did you know that the rise in temperature during the summer months can have an impact on tyre pressure? During spells of warm weather, you may find that your tyre pressure fluctuates, and without the correct pressure in each one, you could put be putting yourself at risk. Incorrectly inflated tyres impact on your handling and grip when you’re behind the wheel, meaning you may not be in complete control of your car. This can be especially dangerous when you’re driving at high speeds, so it’s essential that you check your tyres are inflated correctly before you set off on a road trip this summer.
Checking your tyre pressure is simple and quick. You can do this by using a digital tyre pressure gauge - a small device that is inserted into the valve cap of each tyre. The gauge measures the tyre and will show you if you need to inflate or deflate it.
If you don’t already know the correct pressure for your tyres, you will be able to find this information in your car manual, or you may be able to locate these details on a sticker positioned on the inside of the driver’s door. This information will be provided to you in pounds per square inch (PSI). The PSI refers to the number that your tyres should be inflated too.