Which? has stressed how important it is to make sure your tyres are properly maintained if you want to avoid costly car accidents.
The consumer group urges vehicle owners to ensure their tyres are properly inflated, because this not only saves you money (the drag generated by under-inflated tyres means you’ll use more fuel), but it could also prevent you having an accident.
Over or under-inflated tyres will upset the car’s handling and may make controlling it more difficult. Increased internal friction within the carcass of an under-inflated tyre means it is likely to overheat, potentially causing a blow-out and an accident.
Which? stresses that making sure your tyres haven’t got any worn spots is also a vital part of making sure your vehicle is well maintained.
As Which? points out in its “Top Ten tips for avoiding car accidents” feature: “With our roads becoming ever more crowded and the cost of insurance on the up, everybody wants to avoid that shunt – whether it’s a motorway pile-up or a reversing slip-up in a car park.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office