5 Car Tyre Safety Tip To Help You Reduce Your Risk Of A Car Crash
Having dealt with countless car crashes and other road traffic accident cases over the years one aspect of car maintenance that is commonly overlooked are…tyres! If checked regularly this prevent many car accidents in Ireland.
Between the years 2007 – 2012, An Garda Síochána reported tyre defects as a factor in 172 road traffic accidents/collisions. Some of these accidents were fatal; others resulted in serious and minor injuries.
In order to avoid a serious car crash in the future, one thing you can do is make sure that your tyres are safe for driving. Most of the tyre manufacturers out there provide helpful advice on-line which can be of assistance here are a few of those tips you might find useful:
1. ROAD HOLDING
With under- inflated tyres, the vehicle’s steering is less precise. If a bend can be taken at 62 mph (100 km/h) at a tyre pressure of 29 psi (2.0 bar), this speed drops to 54 mph (87 km/h) at 15 psi (1.0 bar), or about 8 mph (13 km/h) less!
Lower pressures = worse road holding = greater risk of a car crash
Aquaplaning is when water builds between the wheel and the road surface. If car tyre pressures are 30% below the recommended pressure there is a sharp increase in the risk of aquaplaning.
Lower pressures = higher risk of aquaplaning = greater risk of car accident
Tests show that braking distances from 56 mph (90 km/h) to 43 mph (70 km/h) are 40 meters at 29 psi (2.0 bar) but 45 meters at 15 psi (1.0 bar), that’s 5m longer!!
15 psi (1.0 bar) under inflation = 5m longer braking distance = great risk of crashing into another vehicle
4. FUEL CONSUMPTION
Tyres under inflated by 15 psi (1 bar) have increased rolling resistance leading to around 6% greater fuel consumption .That raises your fuel bill each week.
5. It’s the Law!
Check that there is a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm on the tyre. Anything less is illegal for use on a public road. Always measure in the middle of the tyre surface, and not at the edges.