TyreSafe Launches iPhone Tyre Pressure App
iPhone users in the UK now have a useful tool to assist with correct tyre pressure inflation at their disposal. As part of October’s Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe has launched a free iPhone application that provides a manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure settings in both psi and bar upon entering vehicle registration details.
“Many drivers tell us that they don’t check their tyre pressures because they are unsure of the correct settings,” explains TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson. “The new TyreSafe iPhone app completely removes this problem and instantly provides drivers with their car’s tyre pressure information. So whether they’re on their driveway at home, the supermarket filling station or at the services on the motorway, iPhone users can be sure of having the correct information to hand.”
A surprising number of people seem not to appreciate the connection between correct tyre pressure and road safety, and thus imperil themselves and others by risking a blowout caused by an under-inflated tyre – an occurrence TyreSafe says typically takes place on motorways at high speeds as excessive heat builds up within the tyre. Handling and grip are also affected by under-inflation, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable vehicle behaviour. Running costs also increase with under-inflated tyres as they make the vehicle less fuel efficient and wear out much quicker.
The TyreSafe iPhone app utilises what the safety organisation calls “one of most comprehensive vehicle pressure databases commercially available”, thereby ensuring the widest, most accurate and up to date information is provided. The app is available to download free of charge from the ‘travel’ and ‘navigation’ sections of the iPhone App Store, or can be found by searching for ‘TyreSafe’. For those without an iPhone, TyreSafe has also made the information available on its tyresafe.org website. Drivers without internet access are encouraged to obtain the correct information for their regular tyre pressure checks from their vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate located on the driver’s door sill.