The best tyre pumps to keep your tyres in working order

Avoid being stranded at the side of the road with our top tyre pump picks

A woman sits next to a flat tyre on a classic Mini

by Ryan Gilmore |

A flat tyre can really ruin your day. Imagine being sat at the side of the road in miserable weather, waiting for the roadside mechanic to turn up in their van and breathe new life into your deflated tyre.

Tyres with the correct pressure last longer and get fuel efficiency, saving you serious money. Properly pressured tyres are also more effective if you need to slow down in an emergency. In short, it's a good idea to keep a tyre inflator in your car at all times to make sure your tyre pressure is correct.

What you need to know about tyre inflators

Before you go about checking your car's tyres, there are a couple of things to remember. There are two main methods of measuring how much air is in your tyres; pounds per square inch (psi) or barometric atmospheric pressure (bar). Be sure to check which measurement the tyre pump uses before buying (although some offer both measurements).

The pressure your tyres should be set to can be found in your car's handbook. There are usually two figures shown, one for normal use and another for high-load situations. Be sure to regularly check your tyres (once a month should be enough) to make sure that they stay at the correct pressure as air leaks out over time.

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