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Tyres that are not inflated to the correct pressure are simply not safe! An under inflated tyre is the most common reason for a tyre blowout, something that nobody wants to happen. If you do experience a blowout, you could lose control of your car, which may result in an accident. You are significantly less likely to have a blow out, if the pressure of your tyres is correct.

Correctly inflated tyres will ensure that your car handles well in all road conditions. Under-inflated tyres can affect vehicle steering and greatly increase the time it takes the car to stop when braking.

With petrol and diesel prices soaring, nobody wants to be paying more for fuel than they have to – properly inflated tyres increase fuel economy by up to 5% (i.e. an additional 5 miles per gallon per 100 travelled). A great knock on effect of this is that you'll be helping the environment too!

Money can be saved by making sure that tyres are fully inflated to the recommended pressure. They will last approximately 25% longer than under-inflated counterparts.

Finding out the correct tyre pressure for your car may not be as straightforward as one would like. It often involves locating the information in your car manual or referring to a complicated chart on the Internet. Pressures sometimes vary according to the type of tyre you have on your car. If you can't locate your manual quickly, you can find the tyre type and size by reading the size (e.g. 205/55R16) on the side of your tyre. Once you have this information you can then look at the tyre information sticker typically found in the door jam of the driver's door. A top tip is to check if there is a different tyre pressure recommended for when the car is heavier with multiple people and luggage e.g. if you are off on a camping holiday.

In order to know whether your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, you will need to measure them. This can be done either by using a portable tyre pressure device or the tyre machine at your local petrol filling station. A good tip is to make sure that the tyres are cold in order to get the most accurate reading (pressure increases as tyres warm up). Remove the little cap on the tyre valve and push your device on hard until the hissing sound stops. You can then read the pressure on the gauge.

Since November 2014 all new cars in Europe are fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Advanced TPMS will show you your tyre pressures on your dash, others only warn you when the tyres are under or over inflated. Even with a TPMS, it's still worth checking your tyre pressures regularly and especially before any long journeys.

The legal limit for minimum tyre depth in the UK is 1.6mm. This must be in a continuous band around the central ¾ of the tyre.

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