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How to maximise your tyre’s life

John Cadogan from BadCreditCarLoan.com.au discusses how you can boost your car tyre life by 30 per cent or more with a simple method that will just cost you five minutes each fortnight.

One of the unfortunate consequences of the increased reliability of modern cars is that some car owners erroneously form the view that no maintenance whatsoever is required.

Drawing this conclusion can be a costly mistake.

A set of premium tyres on an average family car is a £330-£450 investment, which is a serious outlay in the context of a family’s weekly budget. It’s a significant bill that puts a dent in the family’s buying power that month.

Get what you pay for

Premium tyres are actually great value for money, and offer a range of advanced engineering benefits to consumers – mainly in terms of safety, but also in terms of low rolling resistance, which boosts fuel economy.

Unfortunately, though, those benefits car easily be negated without the proper maintenance.

The wear rate of modern tyres is related directly to operating pressure. For any particular tyre on any particular car there is a pressure that optimizes grip and also minimizes the wear rate.

And here, under-inflation by even a small amount accelerates that wear rate dramatically. Under-inflation is a much bigger problem than over-inflation.

What this means is that many car owners contribute disproportionately to the profits of tyre companies, and hurt their own bank balances, simply by driving unwittingly on under-inflated tyres.

This causes those tyres to wear out much more quickly than if they had been used at the right pressure. Because of the amount of time they spend under-inflated, some tyres wear out in half the time, compared to the same tyres operating at the optimal pressure.

Numerous studies by tyre manufacturers point to roughly 25 per cent of cars on the road today operating with at least one seriously under-inflated tyre.

Sound tyres save lives

There are obvious safety implications when tyres are under-inflated. Under-inflated tyres simply don’t grip the road as well as those operating at the correct pressure, leading to instability in evasive maneuvers, and extended stopping distances in emergencies.

Thankfully, however, most drivers aren’t confronted all that often with driving emergencies. What is certain, instead, is that whenever a tyre is under-inflated and turning, it is wearing out too fast.

The solution is simple, and free. In fact, all it will cost you is five minutes every fortnight (or every second time you re-fuel) at the gas station. Simply take advantage of the (thankfully free) compressed air.

If you’re unsure of the correct pressure, consult the owner’s manual or the tyre placard (a sticker detailing recommended operating pressures inside the driver’s door frame). This details the manufacturer’s recommended operating pressure.

Taking a little interest in your tyres once a fortnight might save your neck one day – but even if it doesn’t, it will certainly save you money by slashing wear and extending the useful service life of your tyres.

Only 1 in 3 drivers feels confident behind the wheel

Did you know that only one in three of Brits are confident behind the wheel according to some new research.

The study asked men and women whether they felt they were better drivers than average – and found two in three did not feel they were.
In numbers, 43% of men believe they are better than the average motorist whilst 28% of women think they’re better.
Interesting. Would you agree? Are you a confident driver?