Are your tyres properly inflated?
Checking your tyre pressure is a simple yet essential task for your vehicle’s performance.
Thankfully, it’s a simple thing to do, and you can do it at any petrol station in Australia. Unsure how to do it? Let us help you out!
The first step is to find the tyre pressure gauge at the petrol station.
Usually located near a sign with ‘Water & Air’ written on it, the tyre pressure gauge is a 1 metre tall box with a long hose attached to it.
The recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle can usually be found on the inside of the driver’s door or in the vehicle’s manual. It’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure optimal performance and safety.
Use the plus and minus buttons on the gauge to set your preferred pressure. Note that the units are PSI (pounds per square inch).
Once you’ve found the tyre pressure gauge, remove the valve cap from one of your tyres.
The valve cap is the small plastic cap that covers the valve stem. This will allow you to connect the tyre pressure gauge to the valve stem.
Next, while pressing down on the handle on the gauge, attach it firmly to the valve stem.
Make sure it’s securely fastened (keep some pressure applied with your hand) to get an accurate reading.
The gauge will read the pressure, then automatically start adding or removing air from the tyre to achieve your target pressure.
After adding air to the underinflated tyre, repeat the process for all your car tyres. Make sure each tyre has the appropriate pressure as recommended by the manufacturer.
For accurate readings, check the tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, preferably before driving.
Follow the car manufacturer’s recommendation for the best performance, using the provided PSI value.
Over-inflating your tyres can lead to uneven wear and reduced traction, affecting safety and handling.
Regularly inspect your tyres and check the pressure at least once a month to catch any issues early.
Taking a few minutes to check your tyre pressure at a petrol station can go a long way in ensuring your safety and save you money on fuel.
So, the next time you stop for fuel, take a moment to check your tyre pressure and enjoy a smooth and worry-free ride!
I'm Louis, an engineer passionate about helping Australians choose better tyres for their vehicles!