TIRED TYRES A NO GO DON’T BOW DOWN TO PRESSURE
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.
John Shim and Steven McCarthy of Road Runner Mobile Tyres say tyre upkeep is essential for staying safe on the road.