Tyres are simple, right? Grooved pieces of rubber that go around the wheels of your car shouldn’t be complicated. Of course, they may be simple in terms of idea, but their affect your car is enormous. Tyres wear and lose their grip, becoming dangerous and less efficient. Did you know that incorrect tyre pressure can have a detrimental effect on your fuel economy? It’s thought underinflated tyres could also affect the lifetime of your tyre. They’re not cheap to replace these days!
It might be a good idea to check your pressures, but how can you tell what pressure you should inflate (or deflate) your tyres to? The owner manual for the car is a good place to start. There will be a section all about your tyres in there, detailing the type, size, and pressure you need. So what do all those figures mean?
When you look at your tyre, you can check they match your vehicle requirements quite easily. Start with the numbers on the side closest to your caps or alloys. It might say something like 225/55 R17. The 225 refers to the width of the tyres. If your car is used, it could be a good idea to check all of these numbers match your vehicle manual. The wrong tyre can mislead the odometer and speedometer and can be quite dangerous. It’s rare, but it can happen!
If you’re looking for a safe, comfortable ride, then check your tyres and the pressures are right before you go. It could save your fuel, and it might just help you get where you’re going on time without any nasty incidents!
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