The importance of tyres cannot be overstressed they provide the car with road contact have a major effect on the road holding, braking, steering and acceleration.
Correctly looked after they will last longer and improve fuel consumption and help to keep you safe
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To explain the legal requirements for tyres in the UK and the precautions you should take to ensure that the tyres on your vehicle are safe click here.. The penalties for offences related to the use of faulty tyres on vehicles are very severe.
In the case of any vehicle, except goods vehicles and vehicles adapted to carry more than eight passengers, for every offence there is a fine at level 4 of the standard scale with discretionary disqualification and compulsory driving licence endorsement with 3 penalty points.
Level 4 is currently £2500 and each faulty tyre is considered as a separate offence. Two faulty tyres equals £5000
The truth is most drivers never check their tyre pressures even though it's no more difficult to do than filling your fuel tank
If you know how to check your tyre pressures, there's really no need to read any further. You can stop here and check your tires right now if you have not already done so.
But if you don't know what to do, what follows is for you.
Incredible as it seems, the four corners of your vehicle are supported by nothing more than air pressure. The pressure is listed as a number such as 30 with the letters PSI after it. PSI stands for pounds per square inch. PSI is the reference scale used here in the United States.
How do you know how many pounds of air should be in each tyre ? Your owner's manual will tell you. It's in the index found in the back of the manual under "tires or tyre inflation pressures." Sometimes it is on a label found around the driver's door. Look for a number followed by PSI.
If you can't find it, the safest bet is to call the manufacturer of your vehicle. You will need to provide the year and model of your vehicle, so have that ready.
Once you have found your recommended tyre pressures, you'll need a tyre pressure gauge. Most auto supply stores have a good selection. You'll see they come in pencil, dial, and digital configurations.
To help car owners who have difficulty putting air into their tyres and there are some who never do until their tyres are almost flat click here...
Checking tyre pressures at least once a month or every 3000 miles is recommended by major car manufacturers. More...
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