TIRED TYRES A NO GO DON’T BOW DOWN TO PRES­SURE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs road­run­ner­mo­bile­tyres.com.au

TYRE en­thu­si­asts are a rare breed but for the av­er­age Joe, a bit of love can go a long way.

“The best thing you can do is check your pres­sure ev­ery two weeks,” co-owner of Road Run­ner Mo­bile Tyres, Steven McCarthy, says. “Tyres that are well in­flated will last a lot longer.” Qual­ity is also im­por­tant. “A high-per­for­mance tyre will al­ways stop quicker and hold bet­ter in the wet than a low-per­for­mance one,” McCarthy says.

Like most things in life, high qual­ity equals a higher price.

“The cost of a tyre al­ways re­flects its qual­ity and size. The more you spend, the bet­ter the prod­uct,” Mr McCarthy says. So, what makes a good tyre? It’s coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but the softer the rub­ber com­pound, the safer the tyre be­cause it “heats up more and grips to the road bet­ter,” Mr McCarthy says. Un­for­tu­nately, soft­ness also cor­re­lates with wear and tear, which is why race car driv­ers keep pulling into the pits.

Hav­ing ser­viced more than 11,000 cus­tomers with its seven mo­bile fleet ve­hi­cles, Road Run­ner has found about one in three tyres to be un­safe.

“It’s the only thing be­tween the road and the steer­ing wheel so peo­ple re­ally should be on the ball with check­ing and re­pair­ing tyres.

“It’s lit­er­ally a mat­ter of life or death,” McCarthy says.

Pic­ture: VIR­GINIA YOUNG

John Shim and Steven McCarthy of Road Run­ner Mo­bile Tyres say tyre up­keep is es­sen­tial for stay­ing safe on the road.

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