Car tyre pressure guide: Maximum and recommended tyre pressure for car

04/11/2018
What is the right tyre pressure for your car?

The fact remains that proper tyre pressure increases the life of your tyres, improves your gas mileage and more importantly, ensures a safe drive. Many Nigerian drivers are puzzled as to the ideal tyre pressure for car. Some wonder whether they should inflate the tyres according to the maximum PSI listed on the sidewalls of the tyre. However, it should be emphasized that the maximum is not the right tyre pressure in car. So, how much should it be exactly? Let’s find out the answer.

car tyre pressure

Proper tyre pressure increases the life of your tyres, improves your gas mileage and more importantly, ensures a safe drive

1. Maximum tyre pressure for car

Maximum tyre pressure in car can be found on the sidewalls. Normally, words like “Max.press. 35. PSI” are written on them basically show the max “cold pressure” your tyres need to support your vehicle’s maximum load. The “cold pressure” largely refers to pumping up your tyres when they’re cold. The ideal time to do this is in the morning or after giving the tyres enough time to cool down after your ride.

Maximum tyre pressure for car

Maximum tyre pressure in car can be found on the sidewalls

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2. What happens when you inflate your tyres to the max pressure?

In the event you “blow” your tyres to the maximum PSI, there will be a possibility of losing control around the corners that might cause the back end of your vehicle to slide out. In addition, the rubber atop the tyres may begin to rapidly wear out if you inflate them too much. Plus, this will also reduce traction and worse still, the tyres will presumably blow out.

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3. Recommended tyre pressure for car

As usual, each car has its own recommended tyre pressure written in the owner’s manual and on a sticker alongside the car doors, boot, or fuel door.

sticker of car specs alongside the car door

Each car has its own recommended tyre pressure written on a sticker alongside the car doors, boot, or fuel door

Generally, the recommended tyre pressure in car is between 30 - 35 PSI. This number is ideal to carry the car maximum load as mentioned above. Going lower than this pressure will likely lead to poor fuel economy and can make your tyres prematurely wear off.

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