Motorists who have issued tire pressure warnings this winter or risk a £2,500 fine

Motorists have been warned to have their tire pressure checked this winter or face a £2,500 fine.

The warning comes ahead of the coldest period of the year, which can be dangerous for motorists with flat tires.

UK law mandates proper tire inflation


UK law mandates proper tire inflationCredit: Alamy

It is the law to have Inflate your tires properly with spike depth 1.6mm in UK and Europe.

And during the winter months you should go for a minimum spike depth of 3mm.

If your tires do not comply with the law, you may be punished fines of up to £2,500 each tire.

Tires also need to be properly inflated, or you could slip or be unable to stop on wet or icy roads.

Mike Thompson from Leasing Options explains that while finding and checking tire pressure is included in the “tell me” questions on the driving test, most drivers won’t have direct experience. keep doing this until they pass the test and own their own car”.

Find out your tire pressure by checking the gas machine at the gas station.

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To check the tires yourself, make sure you have the value caps removed and the pressure gauge attached. This will show your tire’s PSI (pounds of force per square inch).

Compare that to the PSI recommended at the gas station or in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

That number can also be found on the driver’s door sill.

If the figures don’t match, add more air by placing the air hose above the tire’s value and keeping it as straight as possible to prevent leaks and start inflating your tyres.

If they are over-inflated, just let the air out.

If you’re inflating your tires at a gas station, the display will show the pressure so you can stop after you’ve reached the correct pressure, or even preset how much you want to put in.

Of course, don’t forget to remove the gauge and screw the valve cap back on before driving away.

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