You might be stressed because of studying, or maybe there is pressure on you to perform well in an interview. Well guess who can relate? The tyres of your vehicle. Yes, you read that right! The tyres of your vehicle have performance pressure too, and it is known as tyre pressure or tyre inflation. This is an extremely important matter when it comes to the proper functioning of the vehicle, and the safety of the passengers. And yet, it is often overlooked by many. Here is your complete guide to tyre inflation pressure and its effects on your vehicle.
WHAT IS TYRE INFLATION?
Inflation pressure in tyres mainly helps to carry the weight/load of the vehicle and keeps the tyres stable. Any tyre is filled with compressed air and proper inflation pressure helps to distribute this weight evenly throughout the tyre’s tread pattern. When this pressure drops or increases above the average level, one cannot hope to keep driving around safely.
WHY DO I NEED TO CHECK tyre PRESSURE?
Since the tyre inflation pressure supports the stability of the tyres and the vehicle, so it is essential to check the pressure in the tyre. It is very common for this pressure to increase or decrease, causing the tyre to over-inflate or under- inflate. So, it is obvious that this can cause the tyre to lose its stability, thus negatively impacting cornering, braking and handling. Hence, the tyres will wear out faster, which can cost you an arm and a leg. Unless you want that, you definitely do need to check if the tyres of your vehicle are properly inflated.
WHAT WILL IMPROPER INFLATION DO TO MY CAR?
Here is a tip: Under-inflated tyres will usually show signs of wear on the external edges of the tread, while an over- inflated tyre will show signs of wear in the middle of the tread.
An underinflated tyre is likely to relax when cornering or stopping, and can also ‘roll off’ at times. This is because they do not respond as quickly to these actions, as a regular tyre would. Performance degrades, and so does safety because the pressure in this tyre has dropped.
An over-inflated tyre will have too much air pressure in them, so it gets deformed and hence consequently loses traction. These tyres will wear quickly and are at a high risk of skidding or blowing up. These are definitely not safe to be driven around with.
WHEN AND HOW SHOULD I CHECK MY tyre PRESSURE?
Such an important part of the driving process definitely should be checked regularly. We recommend checking them once every month- we don’t want any road mishaps happening now, do we? Also, remember to check tyre inflation pressure before going on a long drive. In addition to this, make sure you check your tyres when they are cold. Cold here meaning when they have not driven too far. The heat generated by driving can play a factor in increasing the tyre pressure and so, you would not get the accurate tyre pressure after a drive. This can be done through manual, or digital pumps, generally found at petrol pumps or service stations. The car/ tyre manufacturers often have a tyre pressure chart that displays what tyre pressure is recommended for the car. This can be seen in Tyres Watford.
Now, you are aware of what high or low tyre inflation pressure can do to you and your vehicle like Tyres Borehamwood. Make sure you check it regularly to avoid accidents and mishaps. We wish you safe driving!