Now, check tyre pressure while car is being fuelled

Soon, you can check tyre pressure even while you tank up the car. Fuel outlets across the city have begun installing mobile tyre inflaters to alleviate wait time for motorists.

Air pressure check, water and toilet facilities are among the free conveniences provided at fuel outlets. Balaji Agencies in Anna Nagar, an HPCL bunk, recently started using a portable air pressure machine.

“Since we can move it around, it helps customers waiting to refuel to also check their tyre pressure at the same time. We move it to entry or exit points to cut waiting time at the air pressure bay,” said V. Balaji, the proprietor.

The equipment was developed by Instrument Research Associates, that has been in the business since 1977. “We came up with the idea since some bunks face space constraints,” said company senior vice-president R. Gopalasubramanian.

Kanathur resident Shabin Sarvotham said he usually made time to tank up and check tyre pressure before long trips.

“This is because someone once told me tyre pressure should not be checked if the tyres are hot. Also, for my car, I ensure that the air pressure is checked every week. The idea to check air pressure when the car is being fuelled seems fantastic and will suit those in a hurry,” he said.

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