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What Are the Dangers of Under Inflated Car Tyres?

Driving on incorrectly inflated tyres can cause problems both in terms of vehicle performance and road safety.

Given that 60% of people do not know what the legal car tyre tread depth limit is, it comes as little surprise that most of us do not know what the correct tyre pressure is for our vehicles either. The vehicles manual is usually a good place to start to find the correct pressures although failing that any garage should also be able to provide you with this information. Ideally, all car tyres should be checked at least once a month and at the beginning of any long journey using a tyre pressure gauge. It is also worth remembering that there are usually 2 correct pressures; one for ‘normal’ driving and one for ‘loaded’ driving, which is usually when the vehicle is loaded with passengers or is carrying a particularly heavy load.

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Tyre Spot Ltd has been supplying and fitting car tyres in the Newcastle area for over 30 years. Today they have 9 branches across the Newcastle area and a website that allows users to purchase tyres online and book their vehicle in to their nearest Tyre Spot branch for fitment. Tyre Spot provide a wide range of tyres from premium brands to cheaper, budget brand car tyres as well as providing additional vehicle services such as exhausts, brakes, MOTs (which can also be booked online) and servicing.

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Car tires check is an imperative part of automotive inspection in ensuring your safety on the road. Basically for tires, the most common thing to do is to always make sure the tires have adequate and proper amount of air pressure. The tire pressure must be checked when the tire is cold as pressure is affected by temperature. The air temperature inside the tire is increased while driving and causes the tire to expand. A low tire pressure is more dangerous than a little higher pressure because the former makes the tire more susceptible to wear thus presenting the need for replacement. Additionally, when the tire is soft, the car uses more fuel.

The wheels and the tires too should be well balanced. A common procedure is to rotate the tires on a regular basis for an even wearing and to maximize the usability of the tires. If you notice that there is vibration when you are steering the vehicle's wheel while driving, it is an indication that the wheels and tires needs balancing. balancing is especially essential when the tire is new. Not only is steering affected by unbalanced tires and wheels but also the suspension system of the vehicle.

Tires have a certain amount of load that it can carry. When you put too much stuff in the vehicle, it also affects the condition of the tire. When there is excessive load in the car, the tire is possible to come off the rim when the car tries to turn in the road corner. Each vehicle has its appropriate type of tire to be used so depending on the possible loading on that particular vehicle.

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There are many different types of car tyres. The one you choose will depend on factors such as the make of car, driving style, where you live, the time of year and how your car is used.

For instance if you spend a lot of your working day driving up and down the motorways, you will need a hard wearing tyre that doesn't create a lot of noise. If you live in the countryside a tyre that provides better grip on muddy roads would be more suitable.

This article identifies five different types of car tyres and highlights some of the differences between them:

1) Standard/ All Season Tyre

Your car was probably driven out of the factory on all season tyres. It is an average tyre that is suitable for all year round use. It works equally well in the wet and the dry.

The tread block pattern is designed not to be noisy when used on standard roads but enables adequate water dispersion to provide grip in wet conditions.

Mud tyres are an extreme type of all terrain tyres, designed to be used in mud and dirt. They have very large tread block patterns that are only suitable for driving on that type of terrain.

5) Run Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are a relatively new concept but are now becoming more common on new cars. They are designed to minimise the loss of handling that occurs after a puncture.

The car tyre can operate without air to enable the vehicle to continue to be driven. However this is only suitable for a short distance and at a reduced speed, until the tyre can be safely changed.

For further advice consult a car tyre specialist who will provide you with impartial advice on the best tyres for your vehicle.

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