Tyre maintenance 101: Get the right pressure

If you're looking to sell your car fast, it's crucial to keep it in the best condition you can. Part of this involves carrying out regular maintenance checks and repairs on your vehicle as needed – and one area you should never overlook are the tyres.

These are the only thing keeping your vehicle from directly hitting the road, and as a result they can show wear and tear a lot faster than other parts of your car. There are several aspects involved in looking after your tyres, but keeping them at the right level of inflation is one of the most vital.

Why is tyre pressure important?

Having the appropriate amount of inflation inside your tyres has a direct impact on your safety as a driver, the life of the tyre and even the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. The right level of inflation pressure will ensure your car grips the road properly. In turn, this allows your vehicle to perform as it should – helping you and others stay safe on the road.

If the tyres are over- or under-inflated, this can cause a variety of potential safety issues. Your car's grip on the road can be weakened and this will influence the braking responsiveness of your vehicle, which can increase the risk of a road incident.

Meanwhile, under-inflated tyres are thought to impact fuel efficiency by increasing the amount of rolling resistance your car faces. 

Maintaining proper tyre pressure

The first step is to check your tyre pressure regularly. You may want to buy a gauge yourself, as the ones provided at petrol stations can be unreliable. Only check the pressure once the tyres have cooled down completely, and have not been used for some time.

You can find the correct level of pressure for your tyres in the owner's manual of your car. It will also be displayed on the doorjamb on the driver's side. It's recommended to check tyre pressure at least once a month.

If you notice continuous loss of pressure, it may be time to take your vehicle to the mechanic for a thorough evaluation.