I'm not really one for messing around with cars too much as I do not like getting dirty! However it is important to know the basics. Having the correct tyre pressure is important for breaking and accelerating. It is also important as it prevents against unnecessary wearing of the tyres and also can save you petrol!
The Halfords LED Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge means that you can check the PSI (Pound per square inch) of your car tyres at home so you don't have to go to the garage all the time and pay 20p to check them on their machine.
*Price and availability*
The gauge cost £19.00 from Halfords. You can buy it direct from their stores or online.
The device is small and easy to hold. It comes in the sleek shades of black and silver. The main body of the device is light and sits in your hand comfortably. At one end is a little attachment that you push onto the tyre valve. It is the same attachment that you get on the petrol station machines. The device features a large LED screen that is easy to read so you don't need to get too close to it. There is no on and off button as the gauge only works when connected to a tyre valve.
*How to use*
It is really easy to use, simply unscrew the dust caps from your tyres (making sure you keep them safe!) and then stick the nozzle of the gauge on the tyre valve. When you first press it down, you'll hear a small amount of air release as you opening the seal of the tyre. This will stop as soon as the gauge is fully connected with the valve, try and keep the device steady while you wait for the result otherwise you end up releasing the air and reducing the PSI.
Hold the device for a few seconds and then the correct pressure will flash up on the LED screen. You then simply detach the gauge and screw the dust cap back on and repeat the steps with all four tyres.
This is a great little tool to have and I have had mine for over a year and still pleased with it. As part of my job, I need to do a lot of driving and our cars are inspected regularly. They need to have the right pressure in at all times.
I keep the gauge in the boot of my car and use it at home and at work. It is so simple to use and a great tool to have. My only quibble is that people borrow it all the time and forget to return it!
Another little piece of advice, the correct PSI differs for different cars so just check the manual before use. There is no point checking the pressure if you don't know what is right or not!
When you are learning to drive, you tend not to think about the boring bits of actually passing your test and then getting your own car. I remember when I went to buy my first car, my dad was on the phone telling me to ask the salesman about all the boring technical bits, and thank goodness he did because to be honest, I didn't have a clue. Since I've been on the road a lot more, he has been doing his best to educate me in the upkeep of my lovely little Micra and I'm now a dab hand at keeping thinking ticking over and running smoothly. The last thing I learnt to do was check my tyre pressures and how to pump them up, and this little gadget has been invaluable for that particular task!
The Halfords LED Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge is a tool you can use at home to help you find out the PSI (Pound per square inch) of your car tyres. It's cheap, simple to use and saves you unnecessary trips to the petrol station to check them only to find out that they didn't need pumping up anyway. My dad gave me our one, but they are widely available in all Halfords store for around the £17 mark, which I think is quite good value for the product itself. My particular one is around a year old so looks slightly different to the picture here but still has the same principle.
The most important thing when pumping up your car tyres is to find out exactly what PSI your tyres should be at. You can find out this information in your car manual - mine is 28 for each of my tyres, and my other half's Mondeo is 30 on each tyre, so make sure you set it correctly for your car - it's highly important you do because tyres that are too flat or too pumped up are extremely dangerous. If you regularly travel long distances, make sure you check your tyres at least once a month to ensure there are no cracks or punctures, and to make sure the PSI is within a safe range. My dad tells me its okay to be 2 PSI either side of your optimum PSI but anything either side of that needs to be dealt with.
Right, onto the product itself. It's really simple to use - if I can do it, anyone can! You have to just remove the dustcap from your car tyre (unscrew it and place it gently on the road/path - DON'T let it roll away as I have done often enough!), get your gizmo and push it down onto the bit sticking out of your tyre (I'm not so good with technical words!) and hold it there. When you first press it down, you'll hear a whoosh of air as you opening the seal of the tyre, but if you've done it right, that air will stop when you press the measurer down. You should immediately get a reading on your digital display i.e. 27.5. You need to hold it still to get an accurate reading, and the display is nice and clear so there is no mistaking the numbers. When you have your reading, just pull it off and replace the dustcap, and move around the rest of the tyres. You don't need to switch this on and off, it only starts to work when you use it on a tyre so it won't waste any batteries.
As you can see, it really is incredibly simple to use. The digital display means there is no guess work as to the number of PSI your tyre is, and its easy to read whether you have good eyesight or not. You don't need to be strong to do this, just a bit of pressure applied onto the tyre is enough for it to take its reading, and as I said, its instant so you don't have to wait too long sat on the floor! Halfords are currently selling these tools for £16.99 which I think is great value. As I mentioned, mine is slightly older than the one currently available so it probably has some different features such as a light, but the principle is exactly the same. It's so handy to have around the house as it means you don't have to make pointless trips to the garage just to check your pressures, and because you won't use it that often, the lithium shouldn't need changing too often either. I would highly recommend it.
Cat code: 944926-0
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