How Often Should You Check Tyre Pressure?

By Mariana Saenzpardo

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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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.

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.

We Can Help You Choose The Right Tyre

Tyres are essential for keeping your car safe and performing at its best, but with so many options out there, it can be tough to know where to start. That's where our informative articles come in – we're here to help you navigate the world of tyres and make the best choice for your specific needs.

Whether you're considering upgrading to Premium car tyres for enhanced driving dynamics, run flat car tyres for added peace of mind, or trying to decide between summer car tyres and winter car tyres, Protyre can help. Our articles have got you covered with a wide range of tyre-related topics to help you make informed decisions.

The brand you choose matters too. We offer recommendations for trusted names such as BF Goodrich tyres, Bridgestone tyres, Continental tyres, Dunlop tyres, Falken tyres, General tyres, Goodyear tyres, GT Radial tyres , Hankook tyres, Michelin tyres, Pirelli tyres, Runway tyres, Sumitomo tyres, and Toyo tyres. But our articles don't just focus on choosing the right tyres – we also offer practical advice for maintaining them. From simple tips like checking your tread depth and keeping your tyres inflated to the proper pressure, to more advanced topics like extending tyre life through regular rotation and balancing - we've got you covered!

Read some of our other articles - dive in and discover everything you need to know to keep your car running smoothly and safely with Protyre:

  1. Your Ultimate Guide to all season Tyres

  2. Your Ultimate Guide to Winter Tyres

  3. Why Wheel Alignment is Important for your Tyres

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By Mariana Saenzpardo
Mariana is a Digital Marketing Specialist for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protyre website.
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