How to check your tyres’ air pressure…and why it matters
How long has it been since you checked your car tyres’ air pressure? Here’s why that matters and a refresher on how to check if your tyres are at optimum pressure. The crew over at Cornubia Auto Care have put together some info for you:
IT KEEPS YOU SAFE
Did you know that as much as 40% of all car-at-fault motor accidents are attributed to incorrect tyre pressure? Under-inflated tyres are a common culprit of blowouts which can be deadly.
Your tyres may feel fine on a day-to-day basis but changes in the load you are carrying (such as heavy luggage or extra people) could mean that your tyres require further inflation. Adding a quick tyre check into your road-trip checklist could be a lifesaving decision. However, you should ideally check your tyre pressure every month.
IT REDUCES THE COST TO YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Under-inflated tyres are not only dangerous but they’ll cost you more to run too. How? Turning corners on tyres below optimum pressure requires more force…which means more fuel and higher CO2 emissions.
HERE’S HOW TO CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURE
You know how to inspect your tread but the last time you checked your tyre pressure was when your dad showed you how in high school. Uh-oh. Here’s a quick refresher course on how to make sure you’re at optimum tyre pressure and keep Pops proud.
Before you start
You can check your tyres at any service station. They all have pumps you can use to both check and inflate your tyres. Always check your tyres when they are cold. This means you’ll want to do this at the start of your trip, not at the end.
Check the sticker in your driver’s door panel or your car’s handbook to determine the right pressure for your vehicle. The sticker will list two values—one for a normal load and one for when the boot is loaded full. Ensure you adjust your pressure according to your planned activities.
1. Reset the service station pump to your car’s recommended pressure.
2. Remove the caps from your tyre valves and put the tyre pressure hose over top.
3. The pump will fill your tyres to the desired pressure and beep when it is finished.
4. Replace your dust cap and check all tyres (don’t forget the spare!). While you are filling up your tyres, it’s a good idea to inspect the tread for general wear and tear.
Mobile mechanics can fix any type of problems your car might encounter, you just call them and they can come to you right away. Here is a list of the most common vehicle problems they are called for.
Alternator. If the case that your car won’t start, it is because your alternator may need replacing. Mobile mechanics know how to effectively replace this right away. They will also test the battery to see if it will hold the charge and you won’t have a problem starting your car.
Brake pads. Your brakes are one of the most important elements in your vehicle and if it has worn out or started grinding, squealing or vibrating this could mean that they are already problematic and should be replaced. Mobile mechanics are mostly called to solve such problems and they help bleed the brakes and make sure that the brake fluid is at the right position.
Carburettor. Your car may run lean if there is not enough fuel in the mix which can be unsafe for your engine. However, if you have too much, it can run reach and may flood, smoke or stall the engine. A mechanic that can come to your home will know how to fix this by testing it and replacing broken parts to make the carburettor work fine again.
Radiator. Overheating? Check your radiator. It may have a leak. Your mechanic will help you check if there are a leaking coolant and the reasons why it is overheating. They may fix parts needed fixing or just replace the radiator.
With the help of a trusted mobile mechanic, your car will have the care it deserves without you going to them as they can now easily reach you wherever you are.
You want your car in good condition all the time. However, the winter months can be tough on cars and be challenging for drivers. You don’t want to get stranded on the snow storm alone looking for phone signal and wondering what to do next. Before you get into that fix, get your car ready for the cold season with these winter car care and maintenance tips.
Check the lights. Make a quick check of your car lights. It does not take a lot of time and you can do it while your car is warming up. Start the car and turn on the headlights, fog lights and tail lights to see if all of the lights are working.
Check the battery. You need the battery to get your car running so it is very important to keep them warm in times when the temperature gets well below zero for a long period of time. Look for a way to keep your battery warm like using a battery warmer or parking your car in the garage. When you notice the battery level is fading or have any concerns regarding the performance of the batter, have it checked or replaced.
Check the coolant. You do not want the elements in the radiator to freeze. Coolant with anti-freeze prevents the water in your radiator from freezing. It is a good idea to have it checked out during your maintenance service schedule before winter comes.
Check gas and washer fluid. There are good reasons to keep a full tank of gas, especially during the winter. Having a full supply of gas in the tank can be really helpful if you get stranded somehow as you will surely want a running car with heat in that situation. Also, you will want your washer fluid full as they can be useful in wet and snowy weather.
Check tires and tire pressure. The condition of your tires is essential to the overall tire performance of your vehicle. Temperature affects tires. Under or overinflated tires can be really dangerous. Simply check them out or have them checked out to maintain proper tire inflation.
Keep a survival kit in your car. This can really come handy in case of emergency. It may be a small thing but it could save your life.
These simple wintertime car tips will keep you safe. More importantly, never forget to buckle up, drive with care and stay alert at all times when driving.