Bikers are being urged to pump up their tyres to prevent pothole problems down the road.
The appalling pothole epidemic has been blighting the UK roads for months, puncturing car and bike tyres and even leading to accidents as drivers and riders swerve to avoid the craters.
Now TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, is reminding bikers that they can reduce some of the problems associated with damaged roads by ensuring their tyres are properly inflated.
When tyres are run at incorrect pressures, they are more vulnerable to damage from angular objects such as the edges of potholes or kerbstones. This damage can result in dangerous bulges in the sidewall, or cuts that render the tyre illegal.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: ‘The harsh winter has created an enormous number of potholes, particularly on rural roads, which can be a real danger for bikers heading out this spring.
“By making sure that tyre pressures are at their correct levels before setting off, riders can reduce the likelihood of suffering from dangerous impact damage to their tyres when they hit a pothole.”
As well as helping to avoid pothole related problems, correct tyre inflation pressure is vitally important for the safe handling of motorcycles as it helps to maintain the best contact patch with the road surface, leading to better grip, braking and handling.
Prolonged under-inflation causes excessive flexing of the sidewall, deterioration of the casing and rapid wear on the edges of the tyre. Riders may also experience increased fuel consumption.
Over-inflation may result in an uncomfortable ride, a reduced contact patch and accelerated wear in the centre of the tread.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team