Check That Tyre Pressure Before you go on Holiday

Check That Tyre Pressure Before you go on Holidaywww.MyPE.co.za: 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.

Dean Roberts, a spokesman for Mastertreads, which has been successfully
servicing motorists in the Western Cape region for more than 50 years,
said that, in the interests of safety, their outlets offer free tyre
inspections. Mastertreads’ expert technicians will add air, when it is
needed, as a complimentary service.

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. Modern, well-equipped stores like Hi-Q
use electronic four-wheel alignment machinery, which is both more
efficient and more accurate.

“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.

“Keeping tyres properly inflated promotes safety, helps tyres wear
evenly, enhances ride comfort and maximizes fuel economy,” confirmed
Trentyre Operations Director, George Vlok.

“All too often, motorists 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 … not very much!

“We strongly encourage South African motorists to have their tyres
checked for tread depth, inflation pressures, balancing and alignment
before taking off on your journey. Any one of the nearly 80 Trentyre
stores around the country will be glad to assist. We want everyone to
have a safe journey and a great vacation,” said
Vlok.

Check that Caravan and
Trailer:

Most caravans, boats and trailers don’t see much action during the
year. In fact, it’s often only around holiday time that they are rolled
off their patch of grass and hooked up to go – but after standing so
long, chances are their wheels are no longer in good shape.

Tyre expert Dustine Gascoyne, Goodyear‘s
Marketing Director, recently issued a list of pre-trip tips that will
help you avoid roadside frustration and enjoy a hassle-free, safe
journey.

“When caravans and trailers stand in one place for an extended period,
their tyres will probably develop a ‘flat spot’ from the prolonged
slight pressure. Ideally, one should remove the wheel and tyre and put
the caravans and trailers on stands while they’re not being used. If
it’s ‘too late now’, I would strongly advise owners to have their
tyres’ condition checked at a reputable service centre,” said Gascoyne.

“Wheel bearings, particularly those on boat trailers which are exposed
to salt water, should be checked for corrosion. Tyres need to be
checked for cracks and penetrations, and the technician will check that
there is still sufficient tread depth on the tyres. Don’t forget to get
the spare tyre checked too!

Make sure your tyres’ pressure is correct. This will save on fuel and
ensure a safe, comfortable ride. All wheel elements should be tightened
and, while you’re at it, make sure you have the relevant jack and wheel
spanner for your trailer or caravan. They may require different tools
to those of your car tyres.

By law, all trailers require the correct chevron tape to be wrapped all
the way around the body for better visibility. Make sure your lights
are all working properly and that your licenses are up to date. And
have a wonderful holiday!

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