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The correct tire pressure

Ensuring that your tires have the correct tire pressure is crucial to a safe and comfortable ride. Your tires can only perform at their best when they are able to provide sufficient stability and load capacity.

 

Risks of low tire pressure

Low tire pressure immediately results in less stability, more wear and higher fuel consumption. If the tire pressure is too low, the tire can overheat and be irreparably damaged. These types of damages are not always immediately visible, which can cause life-threatening situations when driving.

 

Excessive tire pressure also reduces driving comfort and safety, as there is incomplete contact with the road surface, along with more wear on the middle of the tire. Always check your tire pressure before venturing out on a long journey. Even if you aren’t travelling, you should check the pressure every 14 days and at least once a month. Don't forget to check the tire pressure in the spare tire too.

 

If possible, only check your tire pressure when the tires are cold, i.e. have not been driven for at least two hours or have only been driven lightly. If you have already covered a short distance, be aware that there may be at least 0.3 bar more in the tire than the specified recommended pressure. Due to how air expands when heated, never reduce tire pressure when the tires are warm, as this often leads to a lower tire pressure once the air has cooled. The tire pressure should always be the same for both tires on each axle, and you should ensure that each valve is fitted with a valve cap.

 

Always follow the tire pressure advice from your car’s manufacturer. If you do not have the instruction manual on hand, you can find the recommended tire pressure on the inside of the gas flap or on the inside of the driver’s side door. You can also check the recommended tire pressure at one of our dealers or via our tire selector at www.vredestein.com.