Warning: 25% of cars on UK roads have under inflated tyres
A recent study has shown that a quarter of cars on UK roads have at least one under inflated tyre, which can pose a serious risk to their road safety. In an effort to help reduce the amount of motorists driving with under-inflated tyres, tyre pressure monitoring company WheelRight have been offering free pressure checks at Keele Services. It was during these free checks that the aforementioned figure was discovered.
Statistics show that over the course of a year, the UK sees an average of 25 deaths and 1,500 serious accidents caused by under-inflated tyres. It is important that motorists are aware of the impact that tyre pressure can have on road safety, and this article will look at how you can maintain your tyre pressure to ensure that you keep your vehicle safe.
Tyre pressure is measured in PSI (pounds per square inch), and for standard cars, the correct pressure should be 30psi. If the tyre is under-inflated, it can overheat easily, and if it is over-inflated, the grip can be compromised and that can lead to accidents. It is worth noting that different types of vehicles have different recommended tyre pressures, and you should consult the manufacturer’s handbook to find out exactly how much you should be inflating your tyres.
As well as the safety of your vehicle on the road, having under-inflated tyres can affect the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Under-inflated tyres do not move as easily as tyres with the correct pressure, and this means that the car has to work harder and therefore uses more fuel. Tyres that are not inflated sufficiently will also wear out much quicker, which means before you know it you will have to shell out for a new set, which can be quite costly, particularly for performance vehicles and 4x4s.
In most vehicles there is a device fitted called a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
which monitors the tyre pressure constantly and alerts drivers when it needs to be changed. The pressure is tested every few seconds, meaning that you get a very accurate reading at all times. If a car has a TPMS and the vehicle was registered before the 1st of January 2013, the TPMS will be tested as a requirement of the vehicle’s MOT.
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