Air Compressors & Tyre Deflators
No matter what car you own, an air compressor and tyre gauge are good things to have in your car. Most people think you only need an air compressor if you own a 4wd or just when you go camping, but even if you very rarely head off-road, spare tyres, over time can go flat if you don’t have them regularly checked, so having an air compressor in the boot can be a life saver.
Since air compressors like most things come in all shapes and sizes, and prices vary accordingly, so it’s best to have a think about what you are going to use it for, and how often you might use it. They are relatively simple to use, and you don’t need to be a mechanic or have a lot of mechanical knowledge to use one.
If you do have a 4x4 and head off road regularly, you’d be crazy not to have a good recovery kit, air compressor, tyre deflators and gauges at the ready, because things can and will go wrong, especially when you aren’t ready for it.
Air compressors can run directly from your battery or plug directly into a cigarette lighter and to get the most economy out of your car and the most life out of your tyres its best to have them properly inflated and an air compressor and tyre gauge can help you do this.
If your tyres are over-inflated your ride can be rough, and your tyres can round out on the tread section which reduces their life. When you drive on under-inflated tyres, it can be dangers, because the tyres of overheat and wear out prematurely or blow out and they can also roll off the rim if they are extremely low. Low tyre pressures can also affect the handling and steering of your car, especially if it’s a front-wheel-drive.
So stay safe and keep an eye on your tyres.