The Importance of Checking Your Tyre Pressures

Keeping your tyres at the right pressure is crucial, for your vehicle's safety systems and to give you comfortable and economical driving. But it’s also a legal requirement and not having the correct car tyre pressure can have serious consequences.

Check your tyre pressure at least once a month - it can be serious

Keeping your tyres at the right pressure is crucial, for your vehicle's safety systems and to give you comfortable and economical driving. But it’s also a legal requirement and not having the correct car tyre pressure can have serious consequences. As a guide you should check your tyre pressures at least once a month, and before long journeys. Ignoring this advice runs the risk of decreasing your grip and increasing your braking distances. You could also damage your tyres reduce their lifespan and increase your fuel consumption. 

In fact, the Highway Code published by the Department of Transport, explicitly states that a vehicle’s tyres must be inflated correctly. They expect the driver to consult the manufacturer’s specification to identify the correct tyre pressure, taking into account the load being carried. Under inflation can cause tyres to fail with possibly devastating consequences if the vehicle is travelling at speed. So if you have an accident and an investigation shows that your tyres were incorrectly inflated, contributing to the accident, the insurer may challenge the claim. 

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Protyre, your local tyre expert, stock a wide range of tyres from reputable tyre manufacturers, offering Premium, Mid-Range and Budget options to suit any customer requirement. We offer same-day fitting across our rapidly-growing network of fast-fit garages. Our experienced and trustworthy technicians provide free and impartial advice to help our customers select the best tyres for their vehicles. We are also pleased to be able to offer a free no obligation tyre check, where one of our highly skilled tyre technicians will provide a free tyre check. Help yourselvef to the free tea and coffee whilst you wait.  

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What is PSI?

Tyre pressures are measured in PSI - pounds per square inch. That’s the number you’ll find in your car or bike handbook that you punch into the air line on the garage forecourt. Even tyres that are fitted correctly and are in good condition, will lose up to 2 PSI a month.

And while safety comes first, wrongly inflated tyres will also bump up your fuel bill. Bumps in the road will become more evident, with the ride will becoming noticeably less smooth. The same rules apply even to premier tyres, such as Pirelli or Bridgestone, if they’re being used at the wrong pressure.

No excuses with TPMS

Since 2014, all new vehicles have been equipped with TPMS. This stands for Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and in most vehicles with TPMS, a dashboard display will illuminate if there’s a problem. If you have a vehicle with TPMS and the sensor isn’t working, or is faulty and it’s due for an MOT, the car will fail the MOT.

Some drivers report that as soon as they switch to winter tyres, the TPMS sensor on the dashboard lights up. While tempted to ignore the warning, most people are aware that this could cause insurance problems. So the sensible thing is to add sensors to the winter tyres. Talk to your local Protyre garage about the most economical way to go about this - our qualified fitters are an excellent source of advice.

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Get the right tyre pressure for your load

Remember that if you’re carrying passengers and luggage, you’ll need a different tyre pressure from when you’re using the vehicle as a sole occupant.

Whether you need winter, summer, all year, performance, economy, environmentally friendly, or any other kind of tyre - we’ve got the set for you. We fit a million tyres a year which means we can offer great prices on our full tyre range. And our easy to use tyre search facility helps you find the right tyres for your car in just a few clicks. So take a look now at our unbeatable offers and drive securely and safely on an expertly fitted set of tyres, inflated to the perfect pressure.

Read some of our other articles:

  1. Your Ultimate Guide to all season Tyres
  2. Your Ultimate Guide to Winter Tyres
  3. Why Wheel Alignment is Important for your Tyres

About the author

Dean Richardson

Dean is a Regional Director for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protech Academy. The Protech Academy is a centre of excellence where the Protyre team learn the latest mechanical knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and develop their expertise to share with our customers at their local garage. The Academy is also designed to help us stay ahead of the ever changing automotive market by ensuring we have the best skills available to deal with advanced driver assist systems, hybrid/ electric vehicles in addition to all the new technology finding their way into our vehicles. During Dean's career he has worked for some of the biggest names in the fast-fit and mechanical aftermarket and as the man responsible for developing our people and their mechanical skills he is ideally suited to help provide advice in the latest in car technology and ongoing maintenance of your vehicle no matter how new or old it maybe.

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