As the UK basks in the current heatwave it is important to remember that it’s not just children and pets that need special care when the mercury rises – your tyres also require some extra attention!
Public Health England has wasted no time issuing a warning that high temperatures – which look like continuing into next week – can be harmful if proper precautions are not taken, and now etyres would like to sound a similar alarm on behalf of tyres.
Car and van tyres are placed under particular heat stress in the hotter months of July and August so its particularly important to check tyre pressures at this time of year and especially ahead of any long journeys, such as driving off on holiday or day trips.
When tyres are under-inflated, excessive heat builds up within the tyre and makes them much more susceptible to suffering from a rapid deflation. If this occurs the vehicle will become extremely difficult to control, especially as it is most likely to occur after prolonged periods of high speed running on busy motorways or A-roads.
As well as being a safety issue, in particular the risks of the increased chance of tyre failure or punctures, under-inflated tyres can also be financially costly because of a reduced tyre life and increased fuel consumption as the engine has to work harder to make the tyre turn.
The correct settings can be found in the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.
Always check the pressure when the tyres are cold or have been driven on at slow speeds for less than two miles and ensure they are correctly inflated for the load being carried, such as additional passengers or holiday luggage.
Denna Bowman, Head Office