According to the latest research published by TyreSafe.org*, thousands of British holidaymakers could be putting themselves at risk by failing to check their tyre pressure before setting off on long journeys.
The latest advice has been issued by Tyre Safe, who estimates that approximately 9 million cars in the UK are being driven with seriously or severely under inflated tyres, which can be a major cause of tyre failures, particularly in hot weather or when vehicles are heavily laden.
Figures from the Highway Agency reflect the scale of the potential problem with 8,700 tyre related incidents occurring on its network between July and September 2013.
Research also carried out by Landsdowne Market Research*, stated that 47% of female motorists admit to never checking their tyre pressure.
Making sure your vehicle’s tyres are inflated to the correct pressure before you travel is a simple process and is one of the most important maintenance checks to your vehicle. Tyre Pressure levels are crucial, not only to the longevity of your tyres, but also to your personal safety when using your car. Drivers need to remember that their tyres are the only contact they have with the road.
The legal minimum tread is allowed to be 1.6mm, but this is in the red danger zone for breaking distances.
Under or over inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly.
Under inflated tyres can result in imprecise cornering, reduce ability to support the load, incur higher running temperatures, irregular tread wear at the edge of the contact patch, fatigue cracking, overstressing and splitting in the sidewall. Under inflated tyres also increases the rolling resistance that requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.
Over inflating tyres will result in a hard ride through the transmitting of shock loads to the suspension, reduces a tyre’s ability to withstand road impacts, and may cause accelerated tyre wear in the centre of the contact patch.
How Do I Inflate My Tyres to The Correct Pressure?
Every car has recommended tyre pressure levels, which can be found in the owner’s manual. If not, you can always ask at a garage or do a search on the Internet. In most cases, two different pressures are given – one is for driving with a laden vehicle and the other is for ‘normal’ driving conditions.
To help you check your tread depth, you will need a gauge. Ring’s range of tyre pressure gauges will ensure you never exceed the minimum limit of 1.6mm. We offer a variety of analogue and digital gauges to ensure accurate inflation.
Once you know what your tyre pressure should be, set the appropriate PSI/BAR pressure on the machine (there should be instructions on how to do this on the machine and it is usually very easy to do).
Ring has a range of award winning air compressors that can easily be stored in the car to check and inflate your tyres as part of your overall car maintenance before a journey.
Analogue and digital compressors are included to suit individual motorist’s needs from DIY enthusiasts through to professionals.
Our Analogue Air Compressor, RAC620 will inflate your tyres within approximately 4 minutes, and comes with a high intensity LED light and SOS light for night time illumination.
Our award winning Digital Air Compressor, RAC630 enables you to inflate a tyre in less than 3 minutes and includes a pre pressure mode with automatic cut off, so that desired pressure can be pre set and it inflates tyres quickly and automatically switches off when that pressure is reached. Neat tidy storage for fused 12v cigarette lighter plugs and the flexible air hoses means that all the compressors will store away easily in the car.
Attach the air hose to the tube on your tyre – you should be able to see the tube near the outer rim of the wheel. Remove dirt caps if applicable. Repeat until all 4 tyres are correctly inflated.
For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Many vehicle manufactures recommend replacing at 3 millimeters.
In the event of an emergency, we also offer our Emergency Tyre Kit which contains essential items such as an air compressor and tyre repair sealant to get you on the move again.
*Research statistics carried out by www.Tyresafe.org, and Landsdowne Research