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MOTORING: Holiday Makers: Check Your Tyres!


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It's the time of year when people like to take holidays, the sun is shining, the year is nearly over and with the previous couple of years being pretty rough financially a lot of people will probably be driving to their holiday destination of choice.

As South Africans get set for six weeks of increased seasonal travel - tyre manufacturer Goodyear has issued a reminder that correctly inflated tyres can save significantly at the pump and even more. It also promotes safety, even tyre wear, enhances ride comfort and it maximises fuel economy.

Goodyear’s Automotive Engineering Manager, Peter Henning said running a tyre just 20 per cent under-inflated could increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 per cent.
“An under-inflated tyre deflects more energy, increasing rolling resistance and robbing the vehicle of fuel efficiency. At today’s fuel prices, and especially during this holiday season when people generally travel a lot further, 10 per cent is a considerable and unnecessary expense that could be saved by a little more fresh air!

“As well as being heavy on your pocket, running under-inflated tyres also reduces their tread life which means they will need to be replaced sooner than should be necessary. Plus it can be dangerous – studies show that 87 per cent of all flat tyres have a history of under-inflation,” Henning said.

Statistics also reveal that one in every three cars has at least one under-inflated tyre and, while nearly seven in ten drivers say they wash their vehicles every month, barely more than half check tyre pressure in that period. The majority of drivers (71%) forget to check the pressure in their spare tyre at all.

Hi-Q Managing Director Sean Harrison said that, over time, even normal driving conditions affect steering and suspension, which, in turn, impacts a vehicle’s wheel alignment.

“All four wheels, plus the spare tyre, should be professionally inspected before a long trip. The best time to check the pressure is when the tyres have had a chance to cool down, not when they are warm as some people believe. The correct ‘maximum’ inflation pressure is to be found on the sticker on the driver’s door, the fuel door, or inside the vehicle manual under ‘recommended inflation pressure’,” Harrison explained.

Motorists often do not take the time to check those four pieces of rubber that connects them to the road. Remember, the contact area between you, your family and the road is only the size of the palm of your hand.

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