What should my tyre pressure be – and how do I check it?

Your tyres are your points of contact on the road, and they’re vital to your safety. Yet sometimes life can get busy and you neglect to check them, especially when your car isn’t showing any obvious signs of neglect. But everyone should know how to check tyre pressure.

Why it’s important to check tyre pressure

If your tyres are underinflated, it can be dangerous for you as the driver, as well as everyone else in the vehicle with you. Under inflated tyres can lead to tyre failure, which can cause blown tyres, increased risk of punctures and oversteering or understeering. Generally speaking, uneven tyre pressure can result in a loss of control for the driver and can cause an accident. 

Over inflated tyres can also pose a risk to your vehicle and your passengers. If there is too much air in your tyres, they will become harder than normal and will have less contact area with the road. It can result in an increase in braking distance, as well as your tyres wearing down more easily. This means you will possibly end up having to replace your tyres sooner than necessary. 

When to check tyre pressure

Do you know how often to check your tyres? Have you ever thought, “what should my tyre pressure be?” These are important questions to bear in mind – so carry on reading.  

Your vehicle’s tyre pressure should be checked once every couple of weeks. If you don’t check them regularly, they can become deflated quickly, resulting in uneven contact with the road. 

How to check tyre pressure

To help keep your tyres at the correct pressure, all new vehicles have a built-in Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Check if your vehicle comes with one on our website. Here you can simply type in your vehicle registration number and we’ll do the rest for you. 

What is the monitoring system for?

If you’re unsure of how to check tyre pressure yourself, the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System will tell you whether they are inflated properly, alerting you if the pressure is under or over inflated. A TPMS is more common in vehicles made from 2014 onwards.

New regulations from 2012 mean that your car can fail MOT if the TPMS light is showing on the dashboard.
Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will increase the longevity of your tyres, as well as saving on fuel consumption – which also saves you money. 

What affects my tyres? 

Checking on your tyres is not something you can put to the back of your mind until a concern arises. The tyres can wear down fast on the inside and outside of the tread, especially after lengthy journeys. When your tyres are the correct pressure, it means less fuel is being burnt and wasted. This results in less pollution, meaning it’s more eco-friendly for the planet. 

The weather affects your vehicle’s performance, too. Pay extra attention to your tyres in the hotter and colder days. When the temperature drops, tyre inflation generally drops with it. When checking your tyre pressure, try to make sure the vehicle hasn’t been used for a few hours, so your tyres have time to cool down. This is because tyres need to be checked when they are cold. In warmer weather, air can escape your tyres, so it is also important to check them regularly in hotter conditions. 

Tyre health check

At ATS Euromaster, we offer a free vehicle health check. Book in with us and we will measure your tyre’s pressure, tread and condition. 
To keep your tyres inflated for longer, check out our nitrogen inflation service. By replacing the current gas with nitrogen, the pressure lasts longer as it passes through the tyres at a slower rate than oxygen does. 

Hopefully, you’re now more familiar with how to check tyre pressure and you understand what your tyre pressure should be. Checking your tyre pressure on a regular basis is beneficial for many reasons. It is safer for you as the driver and your passengers, it can save money on fuel consumption and it’s more environmentally friendly.