Why should I regularly check my tyre pressure? One of the most important factors that determine the properties of a tyre is tyre pressure. The tyre should be at the right pressure at all times, this way:
- fuel consumption is reduced
- your tyres wear less quickly
- you have better grip on the road
- you benefit from improved steering behaviour
- you benefit from improved acceleration
It is highly advised to check the tyre pressure once every two weeks, for example during a visit to the petrol station.
What is the correct tyre pressure for my tyres?
The manufacturer has set the correct tyre pressure for your car. This can be found in the instruction booklet. The correct pressure value is usually stated on a sticker by the car door on the driver’s side or the inside of the fuel filler cap. At most petrol stations, VACO-certified tyre specialists and car companies, you will also find a sign with the correct tyre pressure value for all car brands and types.
Measuring the current pressure
Remove the valve cap. Place the pressure gauge on the valve and read the pressure value of the tyre. There are different types of equipment used in the Netherlands. You may for example need to set the tyre pressure you want in advance.
Is the tyre pressure too low?
By pressing down the handle or button on the pressure gauge, you can allow extra air into the tyre. Continue adding air until the correct pressure is reached. Repeat this for all four tyres.
Don’t forget your spare tyre! Be sure to bring this to the recommended tyre pressure as well. The filling process is done automatically for devices whereby the tyre pressure value needs to be set in advance.
When do I need to replace my tyres?
The minimum tread on a tyre is set at 1.6 mm by law. We however recommend replacing the tyre once the tread measures 2 mm.
It is therefore wise to regularly measure the tread on your tyres. Special equipment that measures the tread is available for sale.
Not only the tread
But the safety of your tyre is not only granted with ample tread. Due to tyre pressure that is too low or high, collisions, and driving up against the curb can also damage your tyres. Continuing to drive on these tyres is then deemed unsafe.
Which tyres are right for me?
You need new tyres. Looking for the right tyre can be quite a mission. So many brands, types and sizes but which one is right for my vehicle? The VACO certified tyre services specialist will be happy to assist you. He provides information and advice.
What does the code on the side of the tyre stand for?
205/55R16 91W what does this mean?
|205||represents the width of the tyre in mm|
|55||the height of the tyre is 55% of its width|
|16||rim diameter in inches|
|91||stands for the tyre’s carrying capacity (91 = 615 kg)|
|W||Speed index (W = up to 270 km/h)|
What are winter tyres?
Winter tyres are specially developed for use in cold and especially wet weather conditions. The rubber composition and profile are specifically designed for this purpose. For example, the special rubber composition with silica ensures that it stays flexible and elastic at low temperatures. This gives you the best grip on the road, from 7 degrees Celsius and below. This is in contrast to regular (summer) tyres, which become stiffer at lower temperatures. The sophisticated profile design, with numerous lateral grooves and slats, ensures better drainage and significantly reduces the chance of aquaplaning.
We recommend switching over to winter tyres as soon as there is a letter ‘r’ in the month. From mid-March winter tyres can be exchanged for summer tyres.