One of the most common issues that can affect yourtyres is underinflation. Even slight underinflation of your tyres can have a significant impact on your vehicle's performance and safety.

Here are some of the effects of under-inflated tyres:

  • Tyre Failure: Operating tyres in an under-inflated or overloaded condition for sustained periods can generate excess heat in the tyre and lead to a component breakdown which can lead  to rapid loss of inflation pressure i.e. “a blowout”. 
  • Reduced Fuel efficiency: Underinflation increases the rolling resistance of your tyres, causing your engine to work harder to move the vehicle. This results in reduced fuel economy and therefore higher fuel costs.
  • Poor Handling: Underinflated tyres can affect your tyres handling and stability, making your vehicle more difficult to control during sudden manoeuvres or when cornering
  • Longer braking distance: Underinflated tyres alter the contact area between the tyre and the road, reducing the amount of traction and grip available to your vehicle. This can increase your vehicle's stopping distance and can lead to accidents.
  • Tyre wear: Underinflated tyres can suffer irregular wear and ultimately wear out more quickly than correctly inflated tyres, meaning you will need to replace them more frequently which can be costly.

It is important to check your tyre pressures regularly and adjust them according to the manufacturer's recommended levels. If you need some help, pop into your local Beaurepaires store call us on 13 23 81 and one of our friendly team members will assist you!

Stay tuned for our next article on the effects of over-inflated tyres on your vehicle’s performance and safety!