You Might Be In Danger! Check Your Tyres For Under Inflation

Shocking new research results have declared that 1 in 8 tyres are found to be significantly under inflated. Is your tyre in the same category? Then it’s high time to get the tyre pressure checked to ensure not just a good life for the vehicle, but also your own personal safety as well as efficient fuel consumption.

Increasing Number of Tyre Related Accidents

More and more research statistics are indicating that drivers are neglecting tyre condition which means that over £ 400 million are being wasted on 370 million litres of fuel each year. Poorly inflated tyres are also a leading cause of blowouts and breakdowns and sometimes even lead to fatal accidents.

Of all the incidents recorded from April 2013 to September 2014, 21% of the breakdowns were due to under inflation of tyres and tyre related issues. This comes up to an average of 3,700 tyre related breakdowns per month.

Why is Proper Inflation of Tyres Important?

You Might Be In Danger! Check Your Tyres For Under Inflation

The growing numbers of incidents are becoming a cause for concern, and it is important that all vehicle owners consciously take the effort to regularly check tyre pressure and ensure proper inflation. When a tyre is under inflated, it cannot support the full weight of the vehicle.

The tyre takes the entire strain and it leads to the compression of the tyre walls causing them to flex abnormally. This can then result in a blowout which can be extremely dangerous during a drive.

Under inflated tyres can also adversely affect your finances. Poorly inflated tyres undergo more wear and suffer more damage leading to frequent replacements. In order to avoid changing your tyres constantly, make sure to keep an eye on the pressure gauge.

A vehicle with poorly inflated tyres will also have a higher rolling resistance. This means that your vehicle will consume more fuel than a vehicle with well inflated tyres in order to maintain the same speed.

Are You Putting Yourself at Risk?

Under inflated tyres can affect the following parameters of your vehicle.

Endurance:

When driving a vehicle with under inflated tyres, the endurance capacity is drastically reduced. This means that it can lead to quick deterioration and also rapid deflation in the middle of your drive.

Precision and Road Holding:

Under inflated tyres affect the road holding capacity of your vehicle. The precision with which you can make turns, or control your speed is compromised when your tyres are poorly inflated

Braking:

Your car is prepared for a certain braking distance. This is the distance the vehicle will move from the moment the brakes are applied till the vehicle comes to a complete stop. With under inflated tyres this distance increases and may affect your judgement upon braking.

Under inflation of tyres needs to be given serious attention. Take the time to regularly check your tyre pressure and ensure your tyres are well inflated for your safety as well as for the sake of your family and even the other commuters. Stay safe by checking your tyres for under inflation.

By Azzam Sheikh

This article has been contributed by Azzam Sheikh, a tyre expert and consultant at Tyre Shopper, UK.

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