Motorists are being urged to check their tyre pressures at least once a week so they can spot and rectify any potentially dangerous tyre failures caused by pothole-damaged wheel rims.
The advice comes from TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, which warns that many motorists suspect they have a slow puncture, when in fact the problem is often loss of pressure loss as a result of air escaping from cracked wheel rims that have been damaged by driving over potholes.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “It’s essential that your car’s tyres are always properly inflated to the correct levels. If tyres are run below their recommended pressures, they are much more likely to suffer a rapid failure, and very often this happens after prolonged periods of high speed running, where the consequences can be catastrophic.”
By checking tyre pressures at least once a week, drivers will be much more likely to spot any gradual loss of pressure and can have them repaired or replaced before they become a serious safety threat.
When tyres are run below their recommended pressures, they can overheat which can eventually lead to a rapid deflation, endangering the safety of the driver, their passengers and other road users.
etyres offer a mobile puncture repair service, which means motorists can have their tyres repaired instead of having to buy a new replacement. In many cases this saves its customers a considerable amount of money, because at £25, including VAT, a puncture repair is much cheaper than buying a brand new tyre.
Denna Bowman, Head Office