Adjusting your tyre pressure
Over-inflated can prematurely wear tyres, while under-inflated can lead to higher fuel use and overheating.
When it comes to tyre pressure, you want to be ‘just right’. Over-inflated can prematurely wear tyres, while under-inflated can lead to higher fuel use and overheating. Newer cars are fitted with in-built monitors, while owners of older vehicles should check tyre pressure at least once a month. Your local garage should have these facilities, so all you need to do is check your car manual for the correct pressure and test while the car is relatively cold.
Knowing when flats are fixable
If you fix your own flat tyres, know when a tyre can be patched with a home repair kit (i.e. when it’s under one-quarter of an inch tread) and when they need to be replaced. The instructions found in your repair kit will give some guidance on limitations of repair. If in doubt, ask a professional tyre service.