Motoring: Why it's best not to check your tyre pressure at a filling station

Like feet are a much used but frequently neglected part of the body, the tyres on our cars are often relegated to an afterthought or only considered after an emergency - such as a tyre burst.

Azania speaks to motoring journalist at Wheels24.Co.Za, Lance Branqunho about why ensuring our tyres are in tip-top condition should be part of our everyday vehicle safety check.

That is the only thing that is keeping you in contact with the road you are driving on. Whether you are accelerating or trying to break, your tires are facilitating that function.

Lance Branqunho, Motoring journalist - Wheels24.Co.Za

He also shares some insight on how to best look after your tyres. Branqunho warns against checking your tyre pressure in a hurry at a petrol station.

Tyre pressures are crucial, if your tyre pressure is out by even a small margin of a percentage then the car won't handle in the way that the manufactures and engineers initially intended it.

Lance Branqunho, Motoring journalist - Wheels24.Co.Za

The tyre pressure has to be checked when the tyres are relatively cold, because obviously warm air expands and as you drive the tyres get hotter and then you get a completely incorrect reading and the second issue is that most of the tyre pressure gauges at a filling station are not perfectly accurate, you need a hand gauge or you need to go to a proper tyre fitment centre.

Lance Branqunho, Motoring journalist - Wheels24.Co.Za

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This article first appeared on 702 : Motoring: Why it's best not to check your tyre pressure at a filling station


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