Most motorists know that they must always exercise defensive driving to increase their safety while on the road and that of other road users as well. But not all motorists know that driving on underinflated tyres is a real safety hazard, even for the most careful drivers. But what happens when you drive a vehicle with underinflated tyres?
Underinflated tyres equal heat buildup. And while tyres could still operate with some heating, too much buildup of heat could be dangerous. They could become overheated and then blow out or explode.
Tyres operating on low air pressure are capable of holding their shape and would eventually become flatter and flatter, and then bend, as you keep on driving. This ultimately results in uneven and premature tyre wear, which in turn leads to a shorter service life. Further, it would be significantly harder for you to brake on wet surfaces because of the low air pressure. All these factors contribute to steering difficulties mainly because your tyres would lose their ability to spread your vehicle’s weight evenly while driving. Eventually, you might experience tyre failure and increase your odds of causing a collision.
As stated above, tyres running on low air pressure are especially susceptible to blowouts, which essentially starts with a seemingly insignificant tear but could lead to rapid air loss, explains a top mobile mechanic in Auckland. If a front tyre blows out, your vehicle could easily veer off the road or into the other lane, while if a rear tyre blows out, your vehicle could spin. Also, note that larger vehicles have increased the risk of rollover crashes following a tyre blowout.
With this in mind, it’s best to get your tyres checked at least once a month, including your space saver or spare tyre. If you’re not capable of thoroughly checking your tyres, have a trusted mechanic check them for you since the most efficient way to address underinflated tyres is first to determine why they’re underinflated and then getting them inflated.