How bad is it if you over-inflate your tyres?

A common mistake that car owners or petrol attendants make is overinflating their tyres when filling up. If you are new to driving, or anything pertaining to car maintenance really, then you may not know what the effects of overinflating are as well as the implications for your safety and for the safety of others on the road.

Here are the dangers associated with overinflating your tyres:

  • It reduces the smoothness of your drive. Some drivers believe that overinflating their tyres will provide you with a smoother drive or may help to conserve petrol but this is not the case. With overinflated tyres, your drive will actually be bumpier than usual as you feel every speed bump you go over as well as every dip in the road.
  • The chance of having an accident is increased. When the road is wet and your tyre pressure is uneven, your tyre’s performance on the road (traction) is decreased. This means when breaking you may not be able to stop the car in time.
  • Overinflated tyres are more prone to puncture, which may lead to blow-outs. A ruptured tyre can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
  • The life expectancy of your tyres is considerably decreased. Because overinflated tyres are stiff, they become even more susceptible to damage when hitting a pothole. Your tyres will also wear out quickly in the centre, which also reduces their life span.
  • You may not be able to claim from your insurance. If you cause an accident and upon examination, your insurance discovers that your overinflated tyres were the cause of the accident, you may have to pay for the damages out of your own pocket. Most car insurance companies offer what they call, comprehensive cover which should cover an accident caused by a tyre blowout provided you are adhering to their safety parameters. if you are not sure check with your insurance company.

Tyres can be costly to replace, and when you don’t have the money, you’re left with an even bigger problem.  It’s important that you check your tyre pressure  as regularly as filling your tank and to keep your tyre pressure within the recommended pressure range.

To determine what your tyre pressure should be is simpler than you think. There should be a sticker inside the cubbyhole of your car. Alternatively, if there is no sticker, take a look at the inside of the driver’s door or inside your fuel-filler flap for the tyre pressure parameters of your car.

Make sure you check your tyre pressure regularly, as often as you fill up your car with fuel. Now that you have that sorted, having affordable insurance from a reliable insurance company is just as crucial. So, do you have your insurance sorted?

 

 

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