It is common for a lot of people to ignore checking their tyre pressures. Some find it too small a thing to pay attention to and others just don’t want to go out of the way just to check the air pressure of their vehicle’s tyres.
However fact is that car owners should stop being lazy. According to experts, anyone who owns a vehicle should check tyre pressures at least once every month.
There are a couple of reasons why keeping your tyre pressures at the correct level, here are a few important ones:
Tyres mostly come with a recommended air pressure. The recommended pressure slightly varies from one manufacturer to another but is mostly around the same range. This recommended pressure is based on driving comfort, handling, grip, breaking and such other variables.
It is vital to adhere to the recommended pressure, to prolong the life of the tyres. A pressure gap of about 20% from the recommended level can decrease the life of your tyres to a half (50%)of what it would with the correct pressure.
There are a lot of safety concerns for tyres at the wrong air pressure. Firstly, the main cause of tyre damage is low air pressure. At a lower air pressure, the temperature of the tyre increases rather quickly, so the tyre cracks and breaks sooner than expected.
As a result, the tyres become unreliable and unpredictable when on the road. In worst case scenario, it might even burst while driving which can cause danger to your life and of others on the road.
Tyres with a higher pressure than recommended don’t really affect the performance of your vehicle, but it does affect the driving comfort. Tyres with a high air pressure don’t absorb a lot of shock, which in turn is then felt by the people sitting in the vehicle.
Whereas a low air pressure has a much more significant effect on your vehicle’s performance. If the pressure in your vehicle’s tyres is too low, it will increase the friction between the road and the tyres. This means that your engine will have to produce more power to move the car at the same speed if the air pressure was normal; in turn this strains your engine and also increases fuel consumption significantly.