You should check the tyre pressure on your car at regular intervals and before longer journeys. Read this article to find out how to do this and what you should look out for.
Check tyre pressure: What you should know
If you want to check the tyre pressure on your vehicle, you should pay attention to a few aspects. We have summarised the most important for you:
- First of all, you should have a measuring device for checking the tyre pressure. These are available at almost every petrol station. We therefore recommend that you drive to the petrol station you trust to measure the tyre pressure.
- Caution: It is recommended not to check and inflate with warm tyres – therefore, if possible, drive directly from home to the service station and do not check after a long journey.
- The first step is to find out what the “correct” tyre pressure is for your car. This is specified by the manufacturer and is usually found in the fuel filler cap or on the inside of the driver’s door.
- You should follow this specification. Often the sticker also indicates how the tyres should be inflated depending on the load.
Check tyre pressure: This is how you should proceed
Most petrol stations have a portable gauge or a gauge with a longer hose. To check the tyre pressure, follow these steps:
- First unscrew the cap of the valve on the tyre. Be careful to place the cap so that it cannot get lost. It is advisable to put the small and inconspicuous object in your pocket or place it right next to the tyre.
- Now put the attachment at the end of the tube onto the open valve and hold it in place.
- On the gauge you will see two buttons: a plus button to increase the tyre pressure and a minus button to decrease the pressure. To change the tyre pressure, you usually only have to press the two individual buttons briefly.
- The current tyre pressure is displayed either directly or after the first press – now you know the current tyre pressure. You should compare the current value with the ideal or preset value and regulate and adjust it using the two buttons.
- When you have removed the top of the gauge from the tyre, do not forget to screw the cap back onto the valve.
- If you want to check the pressure on all four tyres, you may need to charge the gauge briefly in between – this varies depending on the gauge.
- Once you have checked all four tyres and adjusted the tyre pressure according to the specifications, you can continue your journey. But: Don’t forget the spare tyre.