posted 4 years ago

Tyre Safety Tips

Motorists find maintaining their tyres less interesting than watching paint dry.

Motorists find maintaining their tyres less interesting than watching paint dry. Fair enough, but looking after these rubberised circles can save you money – improve handling – and minimise the chance of an accident. As such, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has a few thoughts:

- An under-inflated tyre wears far more quickly than one which is inflated properly.

- Industry experts claim that a 20 per cent reduction in pressure can shorten a tyre’s useful life by up to 30 per cent.

- Under-inflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption by up to five per cent. Checking that the pressure is correct for the vehicle - including the load - can have a considerable impact on your fuel bill.

- Check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, at least once a month – and weekly is far better. And don’t be tempted to over-inflate them. This causes poor vehicle handling, reduced stability in braking, cornering and reduced grip.

- Check your tyres for wear, damage and pressure. If you pick up a nail, or damage the sidewall on a pothole or a curb, you may be able to save the tyre before it’s ruined.