Ex-Formula One driver and Cooper Tire Safety and Performance Ambassador David Coulthard features in a new video produced for Tyre Safety Month.
Coulthard explains the importance of setting and maintaining the correct air pressure in your tyres, to keep you safe and improve the performance of your vehicle.
“Keep an eye on your tyre pressures, a weekly check is recommended and is good practice,” advises Coulthard. “Keep your family safe when you’re on the road.”
Air pressure has an influence on how your car accelerates, corners and brakes. In the UK, it’s believed that 56% of tyres are being driven four pounds per square inch (PSI) below the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
Tyre pressure is important for the wear of a tyre and fuel efficiency. For instance, a 10% reduction in air pressure can lead to a 10% increase in overall tyre wear. When tyre pressure is six PSI below the recommended pressure, 2-3% more fuel is used.