Importance of Maintaining Correct Tyre Pressure
When you buy a new vehicle, you should always check what the tyre pressure should be. It’s very important for your vehicle safety to ensure your tyre pressure is always correct; it should be checked frequently as, on average, tyre pressure loses around 2 PSI of air every month.
Correct Tyre Pressure
The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle will be highlighted in the manufacturer’s handbook or vehicle manual. Alternatively, you may also be able to find it in the sill of the driver’s door or the inside of your fuel tank flap.
Your front and rear tyres may require different tyre pressures; if this is the case, it will be written in your vehicle manual or handbook. You may also need to adjust your tyre pressure if you are weighing down your vehicle.
Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will result in your vehicle becoming more fuel efficient. It will also make your tyres last longer; therefore, it’s a lot more cost-efficient as there will be less need to get your tyres changed frequently.
Why Avoid Underinflation?
If your tyres are underinflated, they will have uneven contact with the road. This can cause heavy wear on your tyre tread; the legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm. Underinflation can affect your steering and may also increase your braking distance and CO2 emissions. You will also have to be taking a lot more trips to the petrol station to fill up with fuel as underinflation causes a decrease in fuel efficiency.
Why Avoid Overinflation?
There is a myth around overinflation of tyres making your vehicle more fuel efficient. However, it can actually be extremely dangerous and can also end up costing you more money.
Overinflation of your tyres can result in poor braking distances as your tyres will have smaller contact with the road. It can also cause heavy wear across the central part of your tyre, thus resulting in a shorter life span and costing you more money by needing to get new tyres regularly.
If you are still unsure about what the correct tyre pressure should be for your German vehicle, or you’d like to get your tyres checked by a professional, get in touch with the team at German Specialists Ltd. Fill out a contact form or give us a call on 0161 476 4422.