Risks that you are exposed to when your tyres are underinflated

Many people take their vehicles for service but fail to check the welfare of their tyres on a regular basis. You should not assume that as long as the tyres are properly threaded and spinning, that they are in the right condition. It is important to check the pressure of the car tyres on a regular basis for safety purposes. The best place to get your tyres inspected is at an authorized tyre dealer. The ideal tyre pressure for small and medium-sized cars is between 32 to 35 psi, and any deviation poses a danger to both the driver and their passengers.  Here are some of the risks that you are exposed to when you drive with underinflated tyres:

Overheating of the Tyres -When your tyres are underinflated, say 25 psi instead of 35psi, heat builds up inside them over time. Continued rotation of the wheels over long distances and in warm weather causes the tyres to become overheated. This can turn a lovely family outing over the weekend into a nightmare. This is because the tyre will explode which causes you to panic, lose control of the vehicle and leads to an accident. The car can even roll over if you were driving at high speeds, leading to fatalities.

Poor Steering - Underinflation causes the tyres to wear out unevenly since they cannot keep the proper shape when the car is in motion. You will then have trouble braking especially on wet surfaces and even when negotiating corners. The situation is worse when you are on a long distance journey, or the car is heavily loaded, which increases pressure on the tyres. Poor steering can easily cause you to veer off the road, ram into oncoming vehicles or even hit pedestrians.

High Chances of Blowouts - Blowouts occur when the surface of the tyre is ruptured, leading to the sudden loss of air in the tyres. When your tyres are underinflated, more of the tyre surface will touch the road surface with each rotation. This increases the chances that you will encounter sharp objects and run over them. Items such as nails, needles, thorns or even pieces of glass on the road can mark the end of your journey. When either of these objects gets in contact with your tyres, they will pierce the surface, and this leads to a blowout. You can then lose control of the vehicle, resulting in an accident.

If your tyres are in poor condition, you should also consider replacing them with something like Toyo tyres