Welcome to Phillips Tyres - your tyre experts in Oxford. On this page we want to tell you a bit more about the right tyre pressure for your vehicle.
Why is it advisable to ensure the correct tyre pressure?
Bridgestone studies have shown that 6% of fatal traffic accidents have been caused by bursting of the tyre or tyre pressure loss. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tyres with too low air pressure extend the braking distance by as much as 22 percent.
Tyres with too low air pressure lead to a higher fuel consumption and a reduction in their service life. Studies carried out in Canada have shown that the right tyre pressure allows the average car driver to save two weeks- worth of fuel each year. According to studies by Bridgestone, too low a tyre pressure can reduce the life of the tyres by 40 percent.
What leads to tyre pressure loss?
According to studies by the American Department of Transport, too low a tyre pressure results in 85% of the cases from a gradual low and a regular air loss. Only 15% of the cases occur from the air loss caused by damage
What are the causes of natural tyre pressure loss?
- Improper assembly
- Influence of temperature
- Small Damages
- Leaky valves
According to studies by the European Technical Center Bridgestone, the EU motorists prematurely lose around 29.6 million tyres per year plus around 3.4 billion pounds for unnecessarily burnt fuel. As a result, 7.5 billion pounds are being wasted, and 9.2 Megatons of CO2 released into the environment. These results come from the tyre test of 31,178 cars in the 14 EU countries.
How often should the tyre pressure be checked?
The tyre pressure should be checked preventively at least once every two weeks, obligatory once a month.
How should the tyre pressure be checked?
The tyre pressure should be checked with cold tyres.
The most sensible solution is to visit a tyre workshop or service station
You can come to our workshop at any time to get your vehicle’s tyre pressure checked free of charge. We will do it for you quickly and top up the pressure if necessary. We will certainly also have a look at the tyres for you to make sure they are ok.
How high should the pressure of my tyres be?
The pressure recommended by the manufacturer
Where is the specification for the tyre pressure recommended for my car?
You can find information on the correct tyre pressure:
- On the label at the passenger door column
- In the glove box
- At the inside of the fuel filler flap
- In your car’s user manual (handbook)
Can the tyre pressure be adapted to its expectations?
In a reasonable range, yes. However, it is not recommended to exceed +/- 10% of the setpoint for the respective wheel.
When is it advisable to think of adjusting the pressure setting?
In the case of a substantial change in the motor load,
- When travelling with a trailer
- During longer journeys on relatively level road, at high speed (a bit higher tyre pressure reduces rolling resistance)
- When driving in the city on roads with many potholes (a bit higher tyre pressure improves driving comfort)
Attention! Under no circumstances should changes in the tyre pressure be made within the same axis.
In this case, even slight deviations of the pressure in the left wheel from the right wheel can result in serious lateral pulling of the vehicle.
We at Phillips Tyres, hope you have found this information useful. If you have any queries, please get in touch with us. We are here to help.