Most people use a tyre pressure in the region of 200 to 220 kPa (2 bar) in both the front and the rear tyres.  This is the pressure that most service stations would recommend if a driver does not know the recommended pressure for their vehicle.  When new tyres are fitted on a vehicle or the pressure checked, this is also the range of pressure most likely to be used.

Motor Vehicle manufacturers spend a fortune on designing, developing and testing vehicles and they evaluate different components, one of them being tyre pressure.  These pressures factor in safety in the form of vehicle handling, breaking, comfort and fuel economy.  Manufacturers will finally approve the tyre size and brand for their vehicles and this is known in the industry as the ‘OE’ fitment.

By changing to a non-approved tyre on a vehicle or using different tyre pressures to those recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, the handling characteristics of the vehicle will change.  Checking your tyre pressures at least once a month will aid in extending the life of your tyres.

Tyre pressures are generally indicated in the vehicle’s owner’s manual and in newer vehicles, on the inside of the fuel cap, for easy access by the service station attendant.  BestDrive Auto Tyres recommends that you inflate your tyres to manufacturers recommended tyre pressure and check them regularly to ensure the best performance and durability.