The Dangers of Under Inflated Tyres
As the only point of contact between the driver and his or her car, tyres play such a big role. It is very important that your car tyres are well maintained at all times. One of the most common problems that affect tyres is under inflation. This is where the tyre’s pressure is below the recommended standards. This could be as a result of a slow puncture, or a sudden one. Usually, not all under inflated tyres are easily noticeable. This is to say that under inflation varies in the levels, and while most are easy to observe, others are subtle and harder to notice. Whatever the case, driving on under inflated tyres can be dangerous.
Driving on underinflated tyres often means that the car consumes more fuel than it would. This is because in serious instances, the tyres can be so under inflated that the car’s speed is greatly reduced. This drag makes the engine strain, which means more fuel consumption. When you try pressing the accelerator but the speed doesn’t improve much, then you’re probably going to damage the entire engine.
Underinflated tyres also damage the car’s rims. This is because the rims are not made to come into contact with the tarmac or road surface; the more under inflated a car tyre is, the more strain it’s exerting on the rim.
An under inflated tyre leads to instability on the entire car. This can be especially dangerous when the car is over speeding or negotiating a bend. Since all the weight from the car tends to rest on the under inflated tyre, the car becomes so unstable that even a slight bump on the road may make it tilt over.
Lastly, driving on under inflated tyres isn’t enjoyable! The ride becomes bumpy as tyres also act as a form of shock absorber. Correctly inflated tyres absorb some of the shock from driving over a pothole, in an off-road, etc. Thus if you’re driving from London to a destination that’s 10 Kms away on underinflated tyres, you’re unlikely to enjoy your journey much!
The best way to deal with underinflated tyres isn’t just by inflating them correctly; rather, it is by first identifying the root cause of the loss of pressure. It could be a slow puncture that may inconvenience you when you least expect it. Most car tyre maintenance centers are able to diagnose loss of pressure on your tyres in a matter of minutes.