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Tyre checks can cut fuel bills

12 January 2011

Driving for Better Business partner TyreSafe, is urging fleets to ensure pressures are checked regularly by drivers to improve safety and save cash.

Although many fleets will have policies in place for drivers to carry out frequent chacks, TyreSafe is keen to remind organisations that correct tyre pressures optimise safety, cut CO2 emissions and fuel consumption and result in longer tyre life.

TyreSafe chairman, Stuart Jackson, says, "Reduced fuel bills are possible by simply making sure tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, so at a time when every penny counts for many motorists, just a few extra minutes taking these simple steps can pay real dividends."

Tips include:

  • Check your tyre pressures at least once a month against the vehicle manufacturer's recommended level, which can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate often located inside the fuel filler cap or on the driver's door sill.
  • Check the pressure when tyres are cold (i.e. when you have travelled less than two miles).
  • Alter pressures in line with the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations if you are carrying a full load of passengers or luggage or will be towing a trailer or caravan.
  • Ensure a reliable and accurate gauge is used.
  • Check the pressure in all four tyres, not forgetting the spare.
  • Visually inspect the rest of the tyre while checking the pressure. Remove any stone or other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
  • If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition take your vehicle to an approved fitting centre and speak to a qualified specialist.