Safety Tips Correct Tyre Pressure
Driving on any tyre that does not have the correct inflation pressure is dangerous.
The correct inflation pressure for your tyres may be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. You can measure the pressure with a tyre gauge.
An under-inflated tyre may not carry the designed load and builds up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction. A loss of fuel economy may also be experienced.
Over inflated tyres may suffer reduced grip and may wear out the tread centre. Over inflated tyres may be more prone to puncture and damage of the sidewalls.
Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended operating inflation pressures. These pressures must be maintained as a minimum. It’s important to check it monthly with a monitor tyre pressure or tyre pressure gauge.
If you are replacing the original size tyres with tyres of a different size, you must consult a tyre dealer or your vehicle manufacturer to determine the correct inflation pressure for your new tyres. Checking Tyre Pressure Check your tyre inflation pressures, including the spare, at least once a month and before going on a long trip. Tyre pressure should be measured when tyres are cold – that is, they have not been driven on. Otherwise, your tyres may have heated up, increasing the air pressure inside them by several pounds. This is normal. Never “bleed” or reduce the air pressure in a hot tyre. Failure to maintain correct inflation pressures may result in rapid wear and uneven tread wear, improper vehicle handling, reduction in fuel economy and excessive heat build-up which may result in tyre failure. (Evidence of air loss or repeated under-inflation requires tyre removal and expert inspection.)