We hear it a lot – “I’ve got breakdown cover” or “I’ll just change the wheel”. Both might be true, and perfectly reasonable ways to get around a flat or soft tyre.
On the other hand, are you really going to get the AA or RAC out every time you need to pump up a tyre? Of course not!
What we all really do is drive around a little longer than we should and eventually remember to check the pressures when we next fill up.
Of course, to keep a vehicle at its safest, it should always be driven with tyres in the pressure range that’s recommended by the manufacturer, and that’s why we recommend buying an inexpensive car tyre inflator.
Before you ask, we don’t recommend any given make or model, just that you carry one around with you in the boot of your car. They don’t take up much space and are quick to learn to use too – that means that you can make sure you’re safe to continue your journey wherever you are in your car.
If you don’t know where to start, there’s a lot of help available. You could pop down to your local Halfords store and buy one there, as they’ve got helpful and knowledgable staff in virtually every decent sized town or city in the country. Having said that, it’s not unusually the cheapest or most convenient way to get your hands on one.
Amazon are a great option, and as usual offer some very competitive prices, probably cheaper than Halfords, but you don’t get the personal help from expert staff which is a problem if you don’t know what to buy.
If you’re needing that extra bit of help, take a look at the Amazon reviews, or a site like Car Tyre Inflator, which provide loads of information about the various makes and models and why you might choose one over another. It’s not just reviews of products, they also blog about issues relating to tyres and wider car safety too, making the site a really informative and entertaining read too! There’s plenty more of these sites out there too, just do a quick google search for air compressor reviews and you’ll find enough to read to keep you going for days.