With everyone being so busy these days you just want to get into your car and drive it. Checking your tyre pressures and overall condition regularly can make that drive a lot safer, cheaper and smoother and here’s why.
During the manufacturing process, cars are rigorously tested to determine the right tyre pressure and size for each individual make and model. This helps to ensure the peak performance of the car. Properly inflated tyres will maximise traction or grip because of the amount of tread in contact to the road surface.
Tyre pressures effect not only the performance of the car but also
Handling – how well the car steers and corners
How evenly the tyres wear
The tyre will wear on the outside edges.
The fuel economy will decrease by around 8% because the engine has to work harder to compensate for the increase in rolling friction.
The distance it takes to stop is increased
If vastly under inflated the tyre sidewall could be damaged causing a blowout or in worst case scenario it could come off the rim altogether.
The centre of the tyres will wear faster
There will be a decrease in traction or road grip so the car will be prone to skidding
The handling will be erratic
Your recommended tyre pressures can be found either in the owner’s manual, on labels inside the fuel flap or drivers door ledge or your local garage or tyre fitting company are usually happy to help.
The legal limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. However tyre manufacturers strongly recommend at least 3mm to increase road holding and reduce braking distances in wet and icy conditions.
If you are local to us and require a tyres check contact us here and we’ll be happy to help.