Local Tyre suppliers and fitters Ballymena Tyres want to make motorists aware of the dangers of driving with a slow puncture or low tyre pressure. Motorists should regularly check their tyre pressure as pressures can be affected by cracked rims and tyres which have had a knock of hit a pothole.

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Motoring Website TyreSafe shares the following article;

The advice has been issued by TyreSafe following feedback from its tyre retail members that there has been a significant increase in the number of customers who believe that one of their tyres has a slow puncture. However, upon subsequent investigation, many instances of pressure loss are found to be as a result of air escaping from cracked wheel rims that have been damaged by driving over potholes.

“It’s essential that your car’s tyres are always properly inflated to the correct levels,” explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “If tyres are run below their recommended pressures, they are much more likely to suffer a rapid failure, and very often this happens after prolonged periods of high speed running, where the consequences can be catastrophic.”

By checking tyre pressures at least once a week, drivers will be much more likely to spot any gradual loss of pressure and have this investigated by a qualified tyre professional.

When tyres are run below their recommended pressures, they can overheat which can eventually lead to a rapid deflation, endangering the safety of the driver, their passengers and other road users. Furthermore, driving on under-inflated tyres leads to increased tyre wear and higher fuel bills adding unnecessary expense to your motoring costs.

“If you do have the misfortune of hitting a pothole or notice that your tyres are showing signs of pressure loss, you should visit your local tyre fitting centre at the earliest opportunity so they can check that both your tyres and wheel rims are in a safe and serviceable condition,” concludes Jackson. – (Source)

If you have a slow puncture or a cracked rim come along to Ballymena Tyres who will be able to help you out. Don’t be tempted to fit a part worn tyre to replace one for the time being as you can never be sure of the quality or safety of a tyre which as already been used. For a huge choice of top quality tyres at a good price call in with the team at Ballymena Tyres on Warden Street in Ballymena.