1. Check your pressures once a month, before any trip and if you are changing the normal load of your vehicle or towing a trailer or caravan. Check, even if you use a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
2. Only check pressures when the tyres are cold, pressure increases in warm tyres so your reading will not be accurate
3. Your correct pressure will most likely be found in your driver’s handbook. Larger vehicles such as vans and motorhomes should have the axles weighed and armed with this weight you should speak to the tyre manufacturers to obtain the optimum pressure. Increase pressures in accordance with driver’s handbook when the car is fully laden, such as when towing a caravan or going on your holidays with every seat full and a heavy roof rack.
5. Always use a reliable pressure gauge. Those air fillers at garages are not to be trusted. Buy a good guage and look after it. Don’t throw it in the toolbox, keep it safe so it does not suffer any shocks or blows.
6. When checking pressures, don’t forget the spare. When you are by the side of a road in the rain is not the best time to discover your spare is flat!
7. If you’re towing a vehicle, trailer or caravan remember to check those tyre pressures too.
8. Whilst checking your pressures, also look out for signs of tread wear, cuts or other damage.
9. Tyres will lose pressure more quickly in the summer so be sure to check regularly when the weather is warm.
10. Use a reliable TPMS to make everyday checking of your tyre pressures much easier.