GREAT UNDER PRESSURE
Anyone serious about exploring Australia in a 4WD must be up to speed with the vehicle’s correct tyre pressures in any given situation. Contrary to popular belief, tyre pressures are not so much determined by the type or size of tyre but the vehicle’s load and speed. Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will extend the life of your tyres, improve vehicle safety and improve fuel efficiency so it’s well worth familiarising yourself with the ins and outs.
When you spend much time offroad, you soon work out the benefits of lowering tyre pressures when you hit the dirt. Correct tyre pressures can make the difference between four perfectly good tyres or a damaged one. Once you’ve replaced a tyre, or two, you soon realise it’s too expensive to continue destroying good-quality rubber.
Yep, it takes time to let air out of the tyres but it will result in a much softer ride, especially for the people in the back. On short stretches of dirt road you can probably get away with not changing the tyre pressures but if you’re going to be travelling down an unsealed track at 80km/h, it’s a good idea to lower the pressures, especially when you’re towing because you could rattle everything to pieces.
The same applies when you’re back on the blacktop – you need to inflate your tyres to ensure even wear as under-inflated tyres can result in reducing the tyre life. You’ll also experience rolling resistance which directly affects the fuel efficiency.
Back in the day, when Chris and I did the first Big Lap we used a basic dial tyre gauge. It did the job but it wasn’t terribly accurate. So when we started planning for our seven-week trip to the Red Centre we decided it was time to update.
The Bushranger Digital Tyre Gauge was the obvious choice as Bushranger has been producing high-quality 4WD accessories for more than 35 years, at affordable prices. All Bushranger products come with a no-fuss warranty of up to five years as well.
The digital tyre gauge features a large backlit LCD display which was handy for checking tyre pressures early in the morning or late at night. It also has a pocket clip and a rubber seal. The tyre gauge is accurate to 0.1 psi and reads psi, bar and kPa. Due to its compact size, it fitted perfectly into our glovebox where it is always easily accessible. The gauge runs on two AA batteries which can be easily removed.
During our adventure in Central Australia, we ventured offroad many times and regularly had to change the tyre pressures, both on the car and the camper trailer. The Bushranger digital tyre gauge was easy to use, accurate and automatically switched off so we didn’t have to worry about flattening the battery.
Considering the use we got out of this small piece of equipment, it has been a great addition to our toolkit
BUSHRANGER DIGITAL TYRE GAUGE RRP: $ 29.95 Where: www.bushranger.com.au More info: www.bushranger.com.au Rating: