Inflation pressure is an extremely important factor affecting safety driving performances, mileage and fuel consumption. Both under-inflation and over-inflation can negatively affect the performance level of your Tyres. It is therefore important to always maintain the correct Tyre pressure for your vehicle.
The correct inflation pressure value is given by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found in the vehicle log book. In some cases, it can also be found on the petrol cap or door inside pillar of the vehicle. Inflation pressure checks should be made only when Tyres are cold. Tyres are considered to be cold when they have not been run for at least one hour or have only been run at low speed for not more than two or three kilometres.
You should always check your Tyre pressure once a week or before embarking on a long journey. Maintaining the correct car Tyre pressures for all the five Tyres is an important safety tip that all vehicle owners should follow to enhance the performance of their car. It can save you time and money but also more importantly yourself.
Here is a Tyre that has been driven on over-inflated…
Tyres pressure affects a number of parameters in the car, including fuel-efficiency, Tyre life, ride quality and the longevity of the car itself. Under-inflated Tyres are one of the most common problems, as most car users do not follow the tyre pressure regimen as recommended by the manufacturer.
Under-inflation leads to the mid-ridge of the Tyre curving in and so, over a period of time, leads to comparatively higher wear on the outer edges of the Tyre. Under-inflation may also damage suspension components in the long run
and affect the wheel balance and alignment much more than under normal Tyre pressure.
Prolonged use and rough riding situations, such as when the car goes over a pothole, affect wheel balance and alignment. An under-inflated Tyre, particularly when it is a low-profile one, can amplify the destabilising effect of riding over a pothole.
Over-inflation of the Tyre leads to higher than normal wear at the Tyre’s mid-line.
Both under- and over-inflation can also pose serious threats to the safety of the occupants, especially while speeding on the highway. In addition to this, it affects the ride quality on rough roads.