#2: `Power-full` - Checking
tyre pressure regularly; a small action can have big effects
· Check and adjust tyre pressure regularly according to load
· Regularly check tyres for visible damage
· Keep spare tyre at the right pressure
· Reduced costs and environmentally harmful emissions from
lower fuel consumption
· Higher overall safety through greater driving stability
· Longer tyre durability
The importance of the correct tyre pressure is often underestimated.
An under-inflated tyre is an unnecessary safety risk and dangerous
under all circumstances. Under-inflated tyres:
· make the vehicle less stable and less precise in handling,
· are weaker and might disintegrate at high speed,
· may unseat from the rim, resulting in dramatic loss of
control of the vehicle.
tyres also increase the rolling resistance, which leads to increased
fuel consumption. Too little air in tyres means spending money for
nothing. For example, 1 bar below the optimum pressure increases
the rolling resistance by up to 30% and thereby causes higher fuel
consumption at same speed and distance driven.
A slight increase
in tyre pressure (max. 0.2 bar) is possible if the users' manual
says so. But safety first: Too much air is also dangerous, and may
cause problems in handling because the tyre's contact with the road
surface is reduced.
also need regular checking. The worst possible time to dsicover
a flat spare tyre is when you actually need to use it!
Proper tyre inflation increases safety and fuel efficiency while
decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. To ensure these positive effects,
tyre pressure should be maintained regularly. Manufacturers give
the recommended tyre pressure in the car user's manual, on the vehicle
itself or on the inflation tables displayed by all automobile professionals.
Individual recommended pressure is designed to provide the best
balance between comfort, safety and economy.