|Focus on: Tyre Pressure Gauges|
|Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:00|
Those readers who use their cars on a daily basis will no doubt have noticed that the price of fuel has been steadily increasing over recent months. Unfortunately there are no signs of costs coming down again anytime soon…
That’s why it makes sense to make sure you’re doing everything you can to ensure your car is set-up to run as economically as possible. Part of that includes keeping your tyres correctly inflated.
Ring Automotive’s updated range of affordable digital tyre gauges will help. Prices start from under a tenner for the keyring version, which comes with an easy to read display and LED directional light to locate the tyre valve. RTG7 is the most sophisticated example in the range – this is a programmable digital tyre gauge that’s capable of storing tyre pressure values for both the front and rear tyres.
These gauges are priced £8.99 to £24.99 each – for your nearest stockist visit: www.ringautomotive.co.uk
This tyre pressure gauge from Sealey bucks the trend of most of other tyre gauges in this month’s pricewatch which produce digital read-outs. Instead, this one boasts more traditional analogue readings.
The gauge itself is surrounded by a robust rubber protective sleeve (so it’s suited to life in the workshop) and produces readings up to 120psi (8bar). It’s also fitted with a 335mm armoured flexible hose, a pressure release button for ease of use and an integrated tyre depth gauge too.
It’s priced £45.54, but it’s built to last and doesn’t run off batteries. Find out more by visiting: www.sealey.co.uk
At last! A genuinely useful key ring!
Unlike other devices this tiny accessory from Richbrook claims to be a ‘super-accurate pressure gauge that measures in both Psi and BAR to a one per cent level of accuracy’.
Another bonus is that the light-up, blue LED display is incredibly easy to read, day or night, and the built-in flashlight can also be used on an everyday basis to locate car locks.
This nifty key ring is priced £14.95. Interested? Visit www.richbrook.co.uk
You’d be surprised just how many road users don’t drive with correctly inflated tyres. Obviously, it’s something that can be easily forgotten during your weekly or fortnightly checks, but needn’t be overlooked with Tyresure’s new TPMS system.
It uses military-spec technology on each road wheel to display accurate tyre pressure and temperature readings, direct to the driver in real time.
This might seem a little bit over the top, but, according to Tyresure’s independent research, a drop of 6psi leads to a 10 per cent increase in fuel consumption and accelerates tyre wear by almost a third. This being the case, the manufacturer claims most BMW owners will see a financial return in the first year of average driving (the TPMS system retails at £179).
Of course, the big benefits aren’t just about money saved – driving with correct tyre pressure leads to safer and more predictable road manners.
Interested? Visit: www.tyresure.com or call: 01530 517920.
If you’ve been reading this month’s pricewatch and have been thinking ‘that’s interesting, but what about the old-fashioned tyre gauge pens?’ then this review will definitely interest you.
Draper’s Expert tyre pressure gauge features a dual-reading range of 6-50psi in increments of 1psi and 0.4-3.4bar in increments of 0.1bar. Its inline features also allow access to awkwardly positioned tyre valves.
It also features a valve remover and a pocket clip (so it even looks like a pen!). Given its size, you can also easily store it your BMW’s glovebox.
Best of all, it’s priced just £5.94 through Draper stockist: www.justofbase.co.uk