Checking the air pressure of your tyres is very important. Just make sure that you won't forget it, because this can end up turning into a very dangerous mistake.
When it comes to safety and to tyre performance, it is no exaggeration to say that ensuring your tyre contains the correct level of air pressure is one of the most important things you can do.
To make sure that you are not driving around on dangerously low pressured tyres, it is highly advised by many within the tyre industry that you check the air pressure at least once every two weeks. One thing you will need to definitely know before you check the pressure is what your vehicle requires. This can be found in your Vehicle Manual.
The best way to check your tyre pressure is to use a proper tyre pressure gauge. Now, not many people possess their own tyre pressure gauge, but the chances are very high that you will find one at your local petrol station. Often all you need to do to use one of these machines is fork out 20p.
To get the best, most accurate results when checking your tyre pressure is to ensure that when you do the test that they tyres are cool.
When a tyre is in use, it heats up due to friction with the road surface, causing the rubber to expand. If you test your pressure straight after a long journey then you are likely to get an inaccurate reading. This can cause problems later on.
A good tip is to test your tyres at a petrol station beside a supermarket. When you are in shopping this gives the tyres time to cool down while the vehicle is parked, then when you return to the vehicle they will be at the perfect temperature for testing.
One of the major problems that can occur when you drive around on tyres with underinflated tyres is that your vehicle's handling will become seriously affected - a lot of the time it will become unstable when driving at high speed.
An incorrect level of air pressure in your tyres significantly increases the rolling resistance. This not only does this increase the amount of fuel the vehicle consumes, but also increases the speed in which the tyre wears out.