Many people believe they only need to check tyre pressures when the tyre appears under inflated. This is not accurate with modern radial tyres as their appearance is not a reliable indicator of their tyre pressure.
Some drivers even said they reply on their vehicles tyres pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and that having a TMPS meant that air pressure checks were redundant. Of course the problem here is that TPMS does not alert the driver until air pressure is well out of operating range. Other knowledge gaps highlighted by this poll were that a third of respondents thought the air pressure on the side of the tyres was the recommended pressure whereas it is actually the maximum pressure, and a majority of drivers were not aware they should check tyre pressures when their tyres are cold. Also, many motorists did not know where to find their vehicles placard labels where tyre pressure recommendations are stated.
The learning points of this survey are:
1. Tyre pressures should be checked monthly.
2. Do not reply on a tyres appearance to correctly convey its tyre pressure.
3. Always check tyre pressure when your tyres are cold.
4. Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) only issue a warning when a tyres air pressure is significantly outside it normal operating range.
5. The air pressure recorded on a tyres sidewall is its absolute maximum pressure permissible. It is not the recommended pressure.
6. Motorists should familiarise themselves with the location of their vehicles tyre pressure placard and follow its recommendations.
7. Why not buy a tyre pressure from Repco, by spending $10 to $30 you will get a gauge which is likely to be more accurate than those at many service stations.
8. Correct tyre pressure save fuel saving you money and contributing to the protection of our environment.