By Denna Bowman
The Institute of Advanced Motorists is offering advice to vehicle owners on how to enhance their driving experience.
Simon Elston, the heading of training for IAM Drive & Survive, is recommending regularly inspecting tyres.
The section of tyre that keeps us in contact with the road is only the size of a footprint, so it’s important to ensure it is working optimally.
An under-inflated tyre wears far more quickly than one which is inflated properly. Industry experts claim that a 20 per cent reduction in pressure can shorten a tyre’s useful life by up to 30 per cent.
And checking that the pressure is correct for the vehicle – including the load – can also have a considerable impact on your fuel bill. Underinflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption by up to five per cent.
Elston explained: “Check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, at least once a month – and weekly is far better. And don’t be tempted to over-inflate them. This causes poor vehicle handling, reduced stability in braking, cornering and reduced grip.”
IAM Drive & Survive recommends motorists regularly check their tyres for wear, damage and pressure. Damage to the sidewall caused by a pothole or even a nail can be repaired if it is spotted early enough.