How To Fill Air into your Tyres Safely

As your tyres are the only contact your car has with the road, it's vitally important that they are in top condition. 

You should make sure you have the right size of tyres fitted on your vehicle and that the tread is above the legal limit. Making sure you have the right air pressure is important to get the best combination of safety, handling, braking, fuel economy and comfort. We would suggest you check the air pressure at least once a month and before every long journey. Your vehicle manual will have the correct tyre pressure, or garages can show you a list of makes and models, along with the right pressure. 

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It is straight-forward to use the air dispenser at your local garage. Just make sure you have parked in the bay, so that you can reach all four tyres with the air pump. Some tyre retailers and garages also have pumps where you can check your tyre pressure. You'll get the most accurate reading when your tyres are cold, so it is best to check them first thing in the morning. As the tyres warm up when you drive, the pressure climbs, so you'll get a less accurate reading. With some pumps, you can set the air pressure and they will automatically adjust the pressure to that reading. With other pumps, you have to press the button until the gauge reaches the right pressure. 

Firstly, you need to remove the caps from each tyre valve. Then put the pump fitting over the valve stem and release the clasp, so it is securely attached. Now look at the gauge to see what the pressure is. You will need to press the plus or minus button to add or let out air. You should add air in short bursts so you do not overfill the tyre. If this happens, you can just let out a little air until you hit the right reading. Then release the clasp and remove the air pump from the valve and go on to the next tyre. Don't forget to check the spare tyre in the boot so it is correctly inflated in case you should need it. Finally, replace the caps on the valves as they stop dust getting under the valve.

This is also a good time to check your tyres for wear or damage to either the tread or sidewall. If your tread is less than 1.6mm, then the tyre needs replacing. You should also look to see if anything is lodged in the tread and for uneven wear, which could mean the wheels need balancing or aligning.


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David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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