Tyre Inflation from McManus Tyres, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Correct Tyre Inflation

Correct tyre inflation pressure is essential for safety, optimum tyre life, fuel efficiency, and will reduce CO2 emissions too.Check tyre pressures (including the spare tyre) using an accurate gauge at least monthly, and before any long trip. Correct the tyre pressures if they do not correspond to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended levels for the conditions of use.

Ideally check pressures when the tyres are "cold"; this means that they have not been used in the last 2 hours, or have covered less than 2 miles at low speeds. Any tyre not in this "cold" condition is considered "hot". If the tyres are "hot" use a pressure 4 to 5 psi (0.3 bar) higher than those recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Do not deflate a "hot" tyre, even if the pressure is above the recommended level.

Tyres gradually lose air inflation pressure naturally; hence the need to check and adjust them regularly. This regular check can also make you aware of any abnormal loss of pressure caused by things such as:

  • A perforation by a screw or nail
  • A faulty valve
  • A poor seal between the tyre and the wheel rim

Tyres should always be used with the correct pressure, as under inflation may cause irreversible damage to the tyre's internal components and could eventually lead to a rapid deflation.

Inflation with nitrogen does not dispense with the need to frequently check tyre pressures. If you are unsure about how to check your tyre pressures, you can call into our workshop for assitance.

Why should your tyres have the correct inflation pressure?

Having the correct inflation pressure is important because it will:

  • Optimise road safety
  • Maximise tyre life
  • Minimise tyre related fuel consumption
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improve your driving experience
  • Save money!

Did you know that if your tyres are under inflated by 10 psi, as well as being a safety risk, that's the equivalent of paying an extra 3c per litre for fuel because your engine has to work that much harder to overcome the extra rolling resistance from its tyres.

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