As winter falls again and we start thinking about icy roads and winter frosts, there’s value in making sure your car is ready too. Especially if you live somewhere like Scotland where there’s a lot more snow than down here where I live. We all want to get to where we’re going, and as the world gets busier and roads are busier, it’s important to not take vehicles for granted, and make sure we’re preparing them for the seasons too.
Tyre care is as important as putting the right stuff in your engine and your fuel tank.
If your tyre pressure is too low, it causes the sides to drop, creating uneven tyre wear and reducing effectiveness – it increases braking distance on wet roads, resistance to aquaplaning, and increases the risk of both over and understeering. There’s also the risk of tyre damage which means replacing the tyre sooner. So in order to be 100% sure about your tyres you should always consult an expert. Make sure you know where you are getting your tyres from. Authenticity of the tyre fitter is important. For example: Choose your tyres in Dundee from Fife Autocentre
Low tire pressure always is more dangerous than high tire pressure. When tires are deflated, more rubber touches the ground, the tires heat up and you’re in danger of a blowout.
Different sources on the web have claims that low tyre pressure means you use more fuel and that under-inflation of the tyre by 10 percent increases gas consumption by 2 percent.
Using worn out tyres – I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to anyone – increase the risk of accidents. They have poor grip which increases the risk of accidents, and tyre ageing means they become worn out and should be replaced. Bulging tyres are also a sign of wear and tear should this happen, they should be immediately replaced. There’s also the legal risks – you can be fined for having unsafe tyres.
Paying attention to tyre safety keeps you, your passengers and those around you safe, gets you where you’re going and means you can enjoy the benefits of the winter season – like Christmas! – without any drama.