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Three Main Causes Of Tyre Problems

Michelin 18 May 2010

Tyre problems

Avoid Tyre Problems With Better Tyre Knowledge

Road hazards like potholes, glass and rocks are usually unavoidable. There are, however, three main causes of tyre problems that are avoidable: incorrect inflation pressure, speeding and overloading. Taking precautionary measures to avoid them will ensure safer mobility and longer tyre life.

Under or Over Inflation

Tyres that are under inflated or over inflated can affect your tyre life, driving comfort, traction and braking. Under inflation generates excessive flexing of the tyre casing, which results in overheating, increase of rolling resistance and premature wear. In extreme cases, under inflation can cause tyre damage. Likewise, over inflation can reduce tyre life, reduce grip and create irregular wear.

Driving at Speed

Driving at high speeds has a greater chance of causing tyre damage than at low speeds. If contact is made with a road hazard, it has a greater chance of causing tyre damage.

SpeedDriving at speed will cause the tyre a greater build up of heat, which can cause tyre damage. It can also contribute to a sudden tyre destruction and rapid air loss if the tyres are not properly maintained. Failure to control a vehicle if a tyre experiences sudden air loss can lead to an accident.  If you see any damage to a tyre or wheel, replace it with your spare tyre at once, then have it checked by a tyre specialist.

Overloading

To ensure that your tyres are not overloaded, read the load index of your tyres, which is found on the tyre sidewall. Do not exceed the load capacity relative to this load index. Tyres that are loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction. Also follow your manufacturer's loading recommendations.  Do not exceed the maximum axle load rating for any axle on your vehicle.

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