Stay pumped up to avoid tyre failures

Tyre Inflation PicSummer holiday time is now well and truly upon us and, rather surprisingly, we’ve also got the hot weather to enjoy. But with soaring temperatures also comes concerns about road safety and tyre failures.

As the thermometer rises, it’s crucial drivers ensure their cars’ their tyres are properly inflated.

When tyres are under-inflated, excessive heat builds up within the tyre and makes them much more susceptible to suffering from a rapid deflation.

These dramatic events can make the car extremely difficult to control, especially as they occur most frequently after prolonged periods of high speed running on busy motorways or A-roads.

Underlining the scale of the risk and dangers, figures from the RAC show that last year its patrol crews attended more than 50,000 tyre -elated call-outs in July and August alone.

“We all love the hot weather, apart from our tyres if they’re not properly looked after,” Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said.

“With July and August normally being the hottest two months of the year, car tyres are placed under increased stress from the higher temperatures like we’re currently experiencing. It really is important that motorists check their pressures at least once a month all year round, but even more so at this time of the year.”

RAC spokesman Simon Williams also added his concern and warning to drivers about the combination of rising temperatures and under-inflated tyres.

“In 2012, RAC patrols attended 344,000 call-outs for tyre and wheel jobs, making it our second biggest breakdown with 15% of our 2.3 million breakdowns,” Williams said.

“We urge everyone taking to the roads this summer to make sure their tyres are in good condition, otherwise they risk spending some unwanted time on the hardshoulder or in a lay-by instead of on the beach.”

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Jim McGill

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Jim McGill is an award-winning motoring and motorsport journalist with more than 25 years' industry experience. He contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Sunday Herald and AA Magazine.

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