Taking care of your car’s tyres can pay off handsomely by increasing your tyres longevity, handling, and performance, as well as providing you with a more comfortable ride and better fuel consumption.

The single most important factor in caring for your tyres is maintaining the correct inflation pressure. You should check your tyres once a month and before every long trip to see that they’re properly inflated.

Underinflated tyres wear out faster, create excessive heat, increase fuel consumption, and make the vehicle harder to handle. Overinflated tyres can blow out more easily, wear out faster, and make the vehicle unstable and unsafe to handle.

If your tyre pressure is low, note the amount that your tyres are underinflated, drive to a local fuel station that offers an air hose, and use that hose to fill your tyres. Add air in short bursts, checking the pressure each time with your tyre gauge, to avoid overinflating your tyres.

If you add too much air, let some out by pressing the pin on the tyre valve with the back of the air hose nozzle or with the little knob on the back of the rounded end of the tyre gauge.

Also try to go to the same garage, one close to home or work, to ensure consistency from a gauge perspective.