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. The information may also be marked on the driver’s door pillar, or on the inside of the petrol flap. 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. 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. You save on fuel as your car is moving efficiently and fewer accidents will occur. If you consider that your tyres are the only part of the car that’s in constant contact with the road, you tend to realise how important they are to your safety and its role in efficient handling. For this reason it is essential to check the tyre pressure.
Your vehicle loses tyre pressure every day, slowly but surely, and needs to be checked and pumped every 2 to 3 times you visit a petrol station. Remember to also pump your spare tyre. We tend to forget the spare tyre as it is in the boot of your vehicle. It is this quick check that will help you when you are stranded alongside the road. If you need to pump your tyre more often than what is normal then it might have a slow puncture. Have it checked at a wheel and tyre fitment centre. After completing the pressure check, make sure all valves caps are replaced in order to keep dirt and moisture out.
Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.