All you need to know about tyre pressure
Tyres are the only element that connects the vehicle to the road and a tyre relies on its tread pattern to provide grip for stopping, steering and driving the vehicle along.
Drivers should regularly check the depth of their tyres’ tread - a simple process that can be done using tread wear indicators. Furthermore, there is the need to conduct regular visual checks to make sure they are within the legal limit. Tyres should also be inflated to the correct pressure, according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
Facts on tread depth
Correct inflation – Positive effects
Tyres that are correctly inflated have a higher safety performance, lead to more fuel-efficient driving and are more environmentally-friendly. The recommended tyre pressure is supplied by vehicle manufacturers and can be found in various places on the vehicle. Dealers are urged to properly educate consumers on the correct tyre pressure for their particular set of tyres.
Incorrect inflation – Negative effects
Incorrect tyre pressure - in particular, tyres that are under-inflated - can have a negative impact in many ways. Improper tyre inflation can:
- Reduce road-holding
- Cause irregular wear
- Damage the tyre internally
- Result in tyre failure
- Cause the tyre to overheat
- Shorten the service life of the tyre.
There are certain factors, such as overloading and excessive cornering speed, that will cause further damage to the tyre and, ultimately, result in tyre failure.