Hopefully the worst of the winter weather is behind us now and with one Bank Holiday weekend already ticked off the calendar, many caravan and motorhome owners will be itching to head off for short breaks and holidays.
However, prior to setting out it is essential to check your motorhome and caravan tyre pressure, because so many accidents are due to incorrectly inflated and burst tyres.
If you do not have the correct caravan tyre pressure and your tyres are under-inflated you are much more likely to suffer from a blowout which can cause loss of control of your vehicle.
An added bonus of making sure you have the correct caravan tyre pressure is that it ensures an even wear-rate, which leads to longer tyre life. Under-inflated tyres places excess loads on the outer edges of the tyre, causing the shoulders to wear more rapidly. Over-inflated tyres will experience higher wear rates in the centre of the tread.
If you get your caravan tyre pressure right you will also be minimising your fuel costs, because tyres that are under-inflated offer more rolling resistance, or the force needed to make them turn, increases. This means that the engine has to work harder and more fuel is used, making the vehicle less economical.
Pressures should be checked and adjusted when the tyres are cold before every journey. Never reduce pressures when the tyres are warm as they could then be too low when they cool down. After checking the pressure, ensure the valve is not leaking and a valve cap is fitted to each tyre.
The correct inflation pressures for your car tyres can be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate located on the driver’s door sill.
And finally, remember that spending a few minutes before every journey checking your motorhome and caravan tyre pressure could save you hundreds, even thousands of pounds, not to mention the stress and upset that a ruined holiday could cause.
Denna Bowman, Head Office