Monitoring your tyre pressure is important because not doing so can lead to all kinds of problems and accidents.
Problems incorrect tyre pressure may cause
Incorrectly inflated tyres increase your petrol consumption and CO2 emissions by increasing the tyre’s rolling resistance. Another risk of under-inflated tyres is excessive, uneven wear. This not only leads to tyres having to be replaced more frequently, it could also cause tyres to burst.
Over-inflated tyres also wear unevenly and, perhaps more importantly, reduce traction, which in turn causes poorer braking distances.
Accidents caused by incorrect tyre pressure
If over-inflated tyres increase your braking distance, you may be unable to stop in time to prevent a vehicle collision or hitting a cyclist or pedestrian.
Bursting under-inflated tyres can also cause potentially serious car accidents. You may, for instance, lose control over your car and swerve into other traffic. Even if you manage to remain in control, the risk of being hit by a vehicle while changing flat or burst tyres at the side of the road is substantial.
Consequences of failing to monitor tyre pressure
Not keeping your tyres inflated to the correct level not only increases your own risk of being injured in a car crash. You may also have to live with the knowledge of having hurt or possibly even killed someone else.
In addition, if you were to hurt or kill someone due to inadequate pressure in your tyres, you could end up with a car accident claim against you. Depending on the severity of the injuries your negligence caused, this could place a significant financial burden upon you and your family.
Checking tyres regularly
These risks clearly demonstrate the importance of checking your tyres regularly and frequently. In addition to regular checks, you should also check and, if necessary, adjust the pressure in your tyres when the weather is hot and/or when you carry larger or smaller loads in your vehicle than usual.
Right to claim
If you were injured in a motoring accident caused by someone else’s failure to keep their tyres inflated correctly, you could be entitled to driver or passenger injury compensation. You can get useful traffic accident advice and enlist an in-house, 100% no-win, no-fee* Accident Advice Helpline solicitor’s assistance in processing your claim by contacting us today.
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Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice