Tyres are obviously a big and important part of road safety, but it is not always just the treads and the foreign objects in the tyres themselves that you need to look out for. In fact, it is the state of the UK’s roads that is causing another problem that many motorists may not be fully aware of.
And this problem is that caused by tyre damage resulting from pothole-damaged wheel rims.
There has seemingly been a significant increase in the number of customers to tyre retailers who believe that one of their tyres has a slow puncture when, in fact, the pressure loss is as a result of air escaping from cracked wheel rims that have been damaged by driving over potholes – just adding to the checks that drivers need to make to ensure that their drives are as safe as possible.
"It's essential that your car’s tyres are always properly inflated to the correct levels," explains Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, one of the UK's leading tyre safety organisations, dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers associated with defective or illegal tyres. "If tyres are run below their recommended pressures, they are much more likely to suffer a rapid failure, and very often this happens after prolonged periods of high speed running, where the consequences can be catastrophic.”
The main problem that occurs when tyres run below their recommended pressures is that they are more likely to overheat, eventually leading to a rapid deflation of the tyre – a problem that endangers the safety of the driver, their passengers and other road users.
And when you add in the fact that driving on under-inflated tyres leads to both increased tyre wear and higher fuel bills – and in these economic times (or any time really) you don’t want to be spending money when you can prevent yourself doing so.
“If you do have the misfortune of hitting a pothole or notice that your tyres are showing signs of pressure loss, you should visit your local tyre fitting centre at the earliest opportunity so they can check that both your tyres and wheel rims are in a safe and serviceable condition,” concludes Jackson.
Let’s be honest; we should all be checking our tyres at least once a week for both wear and tear and for the correct pressure for the drives that we do – because prevention is not only better than cure; it is also a lot safer.
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