Making sense of tyre pressure
Your car is an important part of your everyday life. It doesn’t matter if you are driving around in a long-term car hire car or you own your car, you need to be aware of how to take proper care of your vehicle of choice.
Car maintenance is not easy for everyone to understand and there are things that might make sense to you straightaway and others that may take some time. One area of car maintenance that you are going to need to think about whether you have a long term rental or not, is tyre pressure.
To help you to get to grips with tyre pressure, we have put together our beginner’s guide to everything that you need to know.
What is the correct tyre pressure?
Your car will have its own specific tyre pressure. You can find this out in three different places. You can look in the owners manual, inside the driver’s door below the latch and also on the fuel cap.
You will need to check your tyre pressure on a regular basis and it is recommended that you do this at least once a month and definitely before you drive a long way or carry anything heavy within your car.
It is also important not to forget any spare tyres that you carry as the last thing that you will want is to go to change your tyre and find that it requires being pumped up.
What happens if the tyre pressure isn’t right?
If your car doesn’t have the right tyre pressure then you will find that it impacts your driving in a variety of ways. You may find it hard to steer and handle your car whilst you are driving and you will also see that your fuel usage will change too. Often meaning that you will get less miles out of the fuel that you put into your car.
How to take care of your tyres
Aside from ensuring that the tyre pressure in your car is set to the right level, there are also other things you can do to protect your tyres and keep them at the right pressure. One way to do this is to ensure that your wheels are aligned. You should also check for any damage on a regular basis.
It is also important that you make sure that there is enough tread on your tyres. The legal requirement for tyre tread is 1.6mm, however, you should do your best never to reach this and check your tyres on a regular basis.
It is also a good idea to avoid loading your car with heavy items too often and also to limit the amount of times that mount the kerb in your car.
With a long term rental car you can do plenty of things to make sure that it runs the best that it can whilst you are renting it. Making sure that the tyres have the right pressure and are looked after the best that they can, is one of the key things to focus on for your rental car of choice.
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