Tyres are designed to be inflated to specified pressures. Under-inflated tyres suffer from excessive stress and wear on the tyre walls and are prone to overheating or even sudden failure. Overinflated tyres are no better; the central region of the tyre tread bulges outwards, causing excessive wear to that area. Unroadworthy tyres due to incorrect inflation may attract a heavy fine if checked by the police.
Correct tyre pressures for your vehicle can be found in the instruction manual and often also in an easy to access location such as inside the fuel filler cap. If in doubt, ask our service reception staff to check for you. We check tyre pressures on every service, but you should also regularly check your own tyre pressures, especially before any long distance driving.
With the exception of busy periods, our forecourt staff are equipped to check and adjust your tyre pressures for you. Remember to only check your tyres when they are cold, as friction between the road and tyres heats and expands the air inside, giving an incorrect pressure reading. There are also environmental reasons for regularly checking your tyre pressures. Under-inflated tyres increase what is called their ‘rolling resistance’ – meaning it takes more fuel to keep your vehicle at a given speed. Keep your tyres properly inflated to increase your fuel economy, thus saving you money and reducing your CO2 emissions.
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