Make sure you don’t have a tyre blowout this New Year – check your pressure

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If you are making travel plans before driving off to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, it is very important to make sure your tyres are properly inflated so they can cope with challenging road conditions, according to TyreSafe.

The tyre safety group is also warning that with an increased vehicle weight from extra passengers, luggage and presents being carried to friends and family, many cars will need to have their tyres inflated to a higher pressure than normal to maximise their safety, comfort and efficiency on the road.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “Most cars require different tyre pressure settings depending upon the number of passengers or amount of luggage being carried. During the festive period many of us travel around more as a family or will be carrying extra loads. It’s therefore important that before heading off to see friends and relatives, drivers ensure that their tyres are inflated to the correct pressures.”

Under-inflation or over-loading can cause a number of problems for tyres including higher fuel bills, increased tyre wear as well as reduced safety. When the tyres are not properly inflated for the load being carried, excessive heat builds up inside the tyre which significantly increases the risk of a rapid failure, an event which is most likely to occur during prolonged periods of running at high speeds, such as on busy motorways or A-roads.

Jackson added: “Checking your tyre pressures is a very quick and simple job. By spending just a few moments before you travel, you could save yourself a whole heap of festive misery or unwanted expense.”

TyreSafe’s tips for checking tyre pressures:

* Check your tyre pressures at least once a month or before any long journeys
* Check the pressures against the vehicle manufacturers recommended level for the load being carried. This can be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate located on the driver’s door sill
* Check pressures when your tyres are cold (i.e. when you’ve travelled less than two miles)
* Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used
* Check pressures in all four tyres and don’t forget the spare if your vehicle has one

Finally, when checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a thorough visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread and look out for any lumps, cuts or bulges in the tyre, these could all lead to a slow puncture or a blowout at high speed.

If you need new tyres ahead of the New Year holiday, etyres operate a mobile tyre fitting service which means you can have your new tyres fitted at your home, place of work or even at your travel destination at a time that suits you.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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