Caravan owners can benefit from an online pressure calculator released by UK safety organisation TyreSafe. The web form tool has been developed to ensure correct tyre inflation levels on the country’s half-million strong caravan fleet when they trundle out on their summer journeys.
The TyreSafe Caravan Tyre Pressure Calculator is promoted as a simple to use tool that requires the entry of just three pieces of information – maximum technically permitted load mass, number of road wheels, and tyre size and load index – in order for it to generate a recommended pressure. Mobile device users can access the calculator at tyresafe.org.
The pressure calculator isn’t the only safety-related novelty that TyreSafe has lavished upon caravanners; it has also released an informative animation that guides caravan owners through the essential tyre safety checks and maintenance that should be carried out before making that first trip of the season. Ensuring wheel bolts are at the correct tension, that every tyre has more than 1.6mm of tread with no lumps, bumps or cuts in it and, of course, that tyres are inflated to the right pressure is just as important for a caravan as it is for the vehicle towing it. The short animation can be found in the caravan tyre safety section at tyresafe.org and in the site’s film and animation library.
“A caravan’s tyres are a fundamental part of its suspension system and they also need to be able to deal with a range of issues relating to loading, making them a crucial element of the vehicle,” commented TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson. “It is essential to safety when towing a caravan that its tyres are roadworthy, at the correct pressure and have at least the minimum legal tread depth. TyreSafe’s new animation will guide owners through the necessary checks while the pressure calculator provides them with a dependable reference to find the correct inflation levels.
“In combination, these two new resources from TyreSafe offer caravan owners across the country the opportunity to improve their safety on the roads and the safety of those around them,” added Jackson.
Behind the TyreSafe Caravan Tyre Pressure Calculator’s neat design lies a database of tyre sizes, types, load indexes and technical data to provide the most accurate pressure recommendation as possible. This information is based on inflation, load and speed rating tables which have been developed jointly by tyre and caravan manufacturers. TyreSafe notes, however, that a caravan owner’s first point of reference for tyre pressures should be the owner’s manual where it is available.