HOW often do you check your tyre pressures? And when you do, do you use a proper pressure device?
Well, if your idea of a tyre pressure check is a good kick and a wobble, then you are in good – if misguided – company.
For a new survey by Halfords Autocentres has found that around a third (32%) of drivers believe that kicking a tyre is an adequate test of whether they are properly inflated.
Rory Carlin of Halfords Autocentres said: “It’s surprising how many people actually use this test but unfortunately kicking a car tyre will tell you absolutely nothing about its roadworthiness.
“Whether you drive a van or a Ferrari the only thing keeping you in contact with the road is your tyres, so it’s vital that they are given a thorough visual inspection at least once a month to check for damage or objects embedded in the tread as well as tread depth and correct inflation.”
One in four motorists (24%) don’t know how to check if their tyre tread depth is above or below the legal limit, a factor that may explain why two thirds of them (60.5%) have skidded on UK roads during the winter.
Under or over-inflated tyres can cause a dangerous loss of grip and stability when cornering or braking and are also much more likely to suffer from a dangerous blowout. Under-inflation reduces the life of the tyre by as much as 25% and fuel economy by up to 5%, while over-inflated tyres are more susceptible to damage caused by potholes or debris.