I am going to admit myself, being a new driver with my first car, I have no idea what my tread level or tyre pressure is supposed to be, nor how to check and resolve a thinned tread or deflated tyre. Thus, I had no idea what the dangers associated with under inflated or bare tyres were…until I started to research it and the results were eye-opening.
Throughout 2012, Bridgestone carried out free tyre checks across the country, totaling at over 28,000 vehicles. Results showed a massive 78% of those tyres checked were under the recommended pressure level, and over 25% of the tyre treads were also worn below the legal limit.
Drivers are not realising the dangers that having under inflated or thinned tyre treads can cause when on the roads. Steering can be altered causing vehicles to be pulled from side-to-side, which results in the stability of the vehicle being decreased and causes breaking distances to be greatly increased.
Driving with under inflated tyres can make your trips to the pumps more frequent, costing you more money than necessary! According to Denna Bowman of etyres, tyres have an increased rolling resistance, meaning the engine must work more in order to make the vehicle move and gain speed, resulting in increased fuel costs.
With fuel prices constantly rising and the increased popularity of the second hand car market, it is proving beneficial to check your tyre tread and pressure as often as once a month, not only to decrease fuel costs but to keep yourself and others on the road safe.