Why are tyres important?
Your tyres are essential for safe driving; they are the only link between your vehicle and the road – a critical contact area no bigger than the palm of your hand.
Tyres have 4 vital functions:
- Provide grip for braking and acceleration
- Maintain steering and directional control
- Support the weight of the vehicle
- Act as a shock absorber for vibrations from the road
Don’t take your tyres for granted – for tips on how to look after them visit Bridgestone’s Tyre Safety website or drop into Airway Tyres .
Why is the pressure of my tyres so important?
A correct tyre pressure has many benefits.
- Safety: correct inflation pressure provides better control over the vehicle and optimises road holding, braking stability and stopping distances. At low pressures the tyre runs hotter, leading to a weakening of the tyre components and therefore increasing the risk of a blowout.
- Economy: helps minimise tyre wear and fuel consumption. Maintaining the correct pressure is the most cost effective way to save fuel.
- Environment: an under-inflated tyre leads to more fuel consumption and higher CO2 emissions.
- Comfortable: you drive and steer more easily.