Your car's tyre pressures are important.
- How your car handles corners and brakes in everyday driving
- How your car reacts in an emergency situation
- Your pocket - how much fuel your car uses
Ideally you should:
- Have a quick look at each of your car's tyres before you set off on a journey
- Check your tyre pressures whenever you fuel up your car.
I'm not sure how many of us actually do this! When you consider how important tyres are for safety, it makes sense to be a lot more proactive. Checking your car's tyre pressures at least once a month is a good idea, as tyres can leak air slowly and unevenly over time.
FREE AIR - yay!
The great news is that fuel stations still have air pressure pumps you can use for free. They're self-service of course but you should still be able to get help if you need it.
To check your tyre pressures:
Check inside your car's door or fuel flap for the manufacturer's sticker showing you the correct pressures for your car. If you can't find the sticker or your car doesn't have one, ask the forecourt attendant to help you out.
Remove the cap from the tyre nozzle and push the air pump into it. You should now see a gauge window showing the tyre's current pressure. It will have a scale: 0 - 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 - 50 - 60 etc.
If the tyre pressure is lower than the sticker says it should be:
Squeeze the air trigger in short bursts to inflate the tyre until the pressure on the gauge reaches the correct level.
If the tyre pressure is higher than it should be:
Release air by pulling the pump nozzle away from the tyre valve a little bit. You'll hear a hissing noise as the air escapes. Do this in short bursts until you reach the correct tyre pressure level.
Tyre pressures are checked by your mechanic when your car is serviced. However, do try to check them yourself on a monthly basis if you don't already.
I remember when I was a teen Dad used to check my tyre pressures for me before I went on a trip. Although I was an independent young woman who could do it myself (obviously!)... if I remembered to... and wasn't in a hurry to get somewhere... it always struck me as a very thoughtful (and practical) thing to do for your loved ones.
So, forget chocolates, flowers or fragrance.
Show you care by checking air :-)
(But that other stuff is nice too!)
Gilmour Motors Suzuki
Dunedin, New Zealand
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