Infinity Tyre Limited has thus urged motorists to ensure that their vehicles’ tyres are properly inflated with the right amount and quality of air.
Apart from high fuel consumption, it warned that incorrect pressure could cause premature failure of tyres, uneven wear, hard steering and less grip of the tyres on the road, leading to increased breaking distance and a huge financial loss.
The Brand Manager, Infinity Tyres, Rajendra Vishwakarma, raised the issue while speaking on “Tyre care and maintenance” at a seminar in Lagos organised for Nigeria auto journalists.
He said improper air in the tyre could also cause driver fatigue and tiredness during driving.
According to the tyre management expert, the air inside the tyre is responsible for carrying the load of the entire vehicle at any point in time.
Another aspect of driving that has direct impact from inflation, according to Vishwakarma, is the braking distance, which tends to change with inflation.
Apart from suspending vehicles from the ground, Vishwakarma listed other tyre functions as supporting vehicle weight, transferring traction and braking forces to the road surface, changing and maintaining direction of travel and absorbing road shocks.
The tyre management expert stressed that inflation in the tyre was one of the most important parameters in the performance of the tyre.
On when to check tyre pressure Vishwakarma advised vehicle owners to check inflation pressure on every tyre after every trip or 2000km due to adverse road conditions.
“Allow tyre to cool down for at least 15-20 minutes before checking and inflating. It is important to ensure that pressure gauge used for checking is in good condition. Check any possible leakage from valve or bead area. Always close the valve with valve cap after inflating”, Vishwakarma said.
His advice is supported by a report by cars.com, saying, “Your car has a recommended tyre pressure that will give the best fuel mileage, handling and tyre life for that car — and it’s written right on the vehicle’s door. That’s the one you should follow when filling them up with air to the recommended pressure, measured in pounds per square inch, or psi.
“On newer cars, the recommended tyre pressure is most commonly listed on a sticker inside the driver’s door. If there’s no sticker on the door, you can usually find the specs in the owner’s manual. Most passenger cars will recommend 32psi to 35psi in the tyres when they’re cold.”
On the basic parameters consumers should know, he stated that the size of tyres should be recommended by vehicle manufacturer while exact alternate size can also be fitted based on calculator.
The Brand Manager also said the size of the tyre played a very important role in the stability of the vehicle, adding that recommended sizes should be used as advised by the vehicle manufacturer.
“Same size of the tyre should be used on the same axle”, he advised.
He also said regular inflation check would help in uniform wear, optimum performance and safer driving.
Professional tyre fitment is recommended as compared to manual to avoid fitment damage, according to him, adding, “Damage can lead to reduction in tyre pressure and subsequent burst. This normally happens on a new tyre only. Periodic alignment will help to increase the tyre life through uniform wear. Periodic balancing of tyre will help to reduce vibration and comfortable ride. Timely repair of any small damage and suspension related issue will help to prolong tyre life.”
He advised customers to visit specialised service centres to avail of the right services that would prolong tyre life.
He also added that filling of nitrogen during summer or dry season could help to avoid tyre burst at high speed.