Keeping your tyres in good condition is often overlooked. You SHOULD be checking tyre pressures weekly, not only to keep yourself safe but to also look after the tyres, to make sure they are wearing correctly and to give you the optimum miles per gallon.
Many new cars also dont come with spare wheels anymore. Instead you get a can of gunk that will fix a puncture to get you home…still not helpful if you have a blow out, but thankfully they are rare.
The RAC have come up with a double whammy to help you out on both counts.
It’s a handy kit that contains a compressor, a tube of tyre sealant and all the tools required to fill your tyre with sealant should the worst happen while out on the road.
You may not know this but most tyre sealant cans actually ruin the tyre, leaving you needing to replace the whole tyre even if the puncture is minor. This is because the fluid they use sticks to the inside of the tyre and then goes rock hard so it cannot be removed.
With the RAC tyre sealant you can actually wash the sealant out once it is removed and then repair the tyre in the conventional way. Saving you the cost of a brand new tyre!
Having a kit like this in your car allows you to easily keep a check on tyre pressures. No having to go to the petrol station and find some shrapnel to put in the machine. No fighting with the air line that keeps pulling back against you. You can quickly and easily keep a check on your tyres on your own drive…weekly!
The quality of the compressor is great, really solid and feels heavy duty – it also comes with a lifetime warranty. It has a built in LED light which you can use in emergencies to flash a warning or even SOS if you’re off on a Bear Grylls type mission.
In the bag you also get gloves and wipes in case you need to use the tyre sealant, and full instructions on how to use the kit. The storage bag is also padded all round to protect its contents and is also claimed to help repel moisture.
Plugging in the compressor and firing it up it sounds far more substantial than our old Ring compressor, no doubt due to its larger size giving it some added puff. Setting the pressure is easy enough on the backlit display and the compressor cuts off once it reaches the desired pressure – exactly the same as they do at petrol stations.
You can release air if need be by pressing on the thumb button attached to the air connector nozzle.
That may seem a little steep for a compressor, but due to the way this tyre sealant works it could save you at least double that if you ever receive a puncture. Replacement bottles of sealant are around £9 which isn’t bad at all.
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