LONDON, England – Drivers are being encouraged to increase the frequency of tyre-pressure checks to avoid potentially dangerous tyre-failure caused by pothole-damaged wheel rims.
HAVE YOU CHECKED YOURS? Under-inflated tyres and worn/cracked rims (bottom left) are a disaster waiting to happen. Avoid a potentially deadly situation by frequently checking your tyre pressure. Image: Wheels24 / Shutterstock
No, dear readers, we in South Africa are not alone…
The advice has been issued by TyreSafe, a UK company based on feedback from its tyre retail members but just as valuable for South African road-users that there has been a significant increase in the number of customers who believe one or more of their tyres has a slow puncture.
'COULD BE CATASTROPHIC'
Many instances of pressure loss have blamed on air escaping through minute cracks in wheel rims damaged by impacts with potholes.
Chairman Stuart Jackson said: "It's essential that your car’s tyres are always properly inflated. If tyres are run below their recommended pressures they are much more likely to suffer rapid failure and very often the consequences can be catastrophic.”
So, check your tyres at least once a week.
When tyres are run below recommended pressures, they can overheat and blow out - at best wear rates will increase.
Jackson said: “If hit a pothole or notice that your tyres are losing pressure you should visit your local tyre centre to have tyres and rims checked.”