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Recommended Tyre Pressure for Your Tyres

The recommended tyre pressure is the pressure established by the manufacturer of your car as the optimal air pressure for your tyres.

Running your tyres at the correct pressure is important because it keeps you safe, cuts down your fuel bill and makes your tyres last longer.
Each vehicle has its own specifications for tyre pressure, but most fall between 28 and 36 PSI (pounds per square inch) however this could be greater especially if you carry extra load in your vehicle or run on larger diameter wheels (there is usually another pressure recommendation for these or the placard).

Tire Pressure

Where I can find the correct pressure for my tyres?

The recommended pressure can either be found in your car’s operator manual or on a sticker on the inside of the post of the driver’s door (see picture) or even inside the fuel filler flap (Pressures unit’s are usually presented in PSI, however can also be stated in Bar/kPa). This is the pressure at which the inflated tyres can carry the load of your vehicle, the car handles, brakes and operates most smoothly and safely. Note that this specification refers to the pressure as measured when the tyre is cold (called cold pressure). If you’ve driven your car or it has been sitting in the sun, the resulting heat could raise your tyre’s pressure by several PSI.

How to check the tyre pressure

To do an air pressure check on your tyres, you’ll need a tyre pressure gauge. You insert this tool over the valve of your tyre and it shows you the pressure on a dial, digitally or on a telescoping rod that the pressure pushes out of its casing. For an accurate reading, make sure that you hold the tip of the gauge firmly over the valve until no air is hissing out around the edges. Again, remember that temperature can affect the pressure in your tyres, so whenever possible it’s best to take a cold reading before driving and when the tyre is not exposed to sun or heat.
How To Check Tire Pressure

Maximum pressure

Be careful not to confuse the recommended pressure with the maximum pressure. The recommended pressure is the one you should use when filling your tyres and, as explained above, you can find this on your door jamb or in your owner’s manual. The maximum pressure, on the other hand, is usually stated on the sidewall of the tyre itself in small print near the tyre’s bead (where the rubber abuts the rim). This measurement is provided by the tyre manufacturer rather than the car manufacturer and is the maximum amount of pressure that the tyre can safely withstand.

What happens if you inflate your tyres to the max pressure?

Your tyres’ maximum pressure almost always exceeds the recommended pressure. It isn’t advisable to fill your tyre to this pressure for everyday driving. At maximum pressure, your car does not handle as well, braking is impaired and you could risk dangerous blowouts. Over-inflation can also cause the centre of your tyre’s tread to wear out prematurely and reduce the lifespan of your tyres. You may want to use the max. pressure on a temporary basis if you are hauling an especially heavy load or towing something.

Minimum pressure

Most manufacturers do not state a minimum tyre pressure, per se. The recommended value is the amount of air that a tyre needs for a car to handle properly and safely, and anything under that value is not recommended, so functionally the optimal value is also the minimum. Under UK law, vehicles are required to be equipped with tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that warn the driver when tyre pressure falls below 25 per cent of the recommended pressure. This is considered severe under-inflation but less drastic pressure drops are still considered moderate or mild under-inflation and they and can still have negative consequences.

What happens if you inflate your tyres to the minimum pressure?

If your tyres are inflated to a pressure that is below the recommended PSI (as shown in the manual or on the driver’s side door jamb), your car will not operate safely. Under-inflation can cause the tyre to heat up excessively, which can make the tread pull away from the body of the tyre. If this happens on the motorway, it could lead to a blowout and a serious accident.
There are also financial reasons for making sure that your tyres aren’t under-inflated. A low tyre has more rolling resistance, which means that the car has to work harder to move down the road and consumes more fuel. Well-inflated tyres are going to save you money at the pumps. Low tyres also wear more quickly and unevenly, so you will have to replace them more often.

TPMS and tyre pressure

A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) uses either a direct sensor inside your valve stem or a combination of both software and other existing sensors in your vehicle to let you know when your tyre pressure is outside a safe range of pressures. If the pressure falls below a manufacturers specified limit (usually 25% of recommended pressure) an indicator light shaped like the letter U with an exclamation mark inside it (representing the cross-section of a tyre) will light up on the dashboard. When you see this TPMS light on, you should immediately check your tyre pressure and make any necessary adjustments. 

Evan if the vehicle is fitted with a TPMS, the vehicle manufacture handbook will advise owners to perform regular manual tyre pressure checks.


Why does my car hydroplane so easily?
Insufficient tread depth is usually the culprit when a vehicle begins to hydroplane more easily. Tyres have grooves that prevent hydroplaning (also known as aquaplaning) by moving water out from under the tyres. When the tread is worn down, these grooves no longer perform as effectively.
What is the correct tyre pressure for driving on snow?
While some people swear by underinflating their tyres in winter to increase friction, you should avoid this practice because it can cause handling issues and damage your tyres, among other disadvantages. The correct tyre pressure for driving in snow is the recommended one.
What is the correct tyre pressure for driving in the rain?
The correct tyre pressure for driving in the rain is the recommended pressure, as stated in your owner’s manual or on the post of the driver’s door. Under-inflated tyres can increase the odds of hydroplaning on wet roads.

Nearest dealer

If you have further questions about tyre pressure or any other aspects of your tyres, find your nearest tyre dealer to get some advice.