TIP OF THE MONTH
Tyre pressure not only affects the performance and safety of your vehicle, it can also have a marked affect on fuel consumption. For instance, if the tyres are underinflated, it results in more rolling resistance with the road surface, and more fuel burnt. Of course, handling is also compromised, and driving with under-inflated tyres over prolonged periods, especially at higher speeds, will decrease tyre life… and pose a serious safety risk if a tyre bursts at speed. Over-inflated tyres, on the other hand, offer less contact with the road surface, and less rolling resistance, and thus save fuel. But because of the small contact patch and a sidewall that doesn’t flex, handling is compromised. So, best ensure your vehicle’s tyres are always inflated to the manufacturer’s specification, or a suitable alternative (for the conditions).