UK’s GEM Motoring Assist offers some post-lockdown tire advice
A lot of car owners have been forced to stay at home during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). This likely means that many cars have been left unused for weeks, if not the whole two-month duration of the lockdown. Unfortunately, leaving a car unused for prolonged periods can lead to a whole host of problems, from flat batteries, to sticking brakes, and even unsafe tires.
Your car’s four rubbers support the entire weight of the vehicle, and that’s a heavy burden to bear. The long layoff could mean more pressure buildup in certain sections, which can compromise the entire structure of the tire itself. With this in mind, GEM Motoring Assist, UK’s most trusted roadside assistance and vehicle recovery service, deals some TLC (tire love and care) tips for those getting ready to take out their ride once again with the easing of ECQ protocols.
Check the condition of your tiresGEM warns UK drivers that there are heavy penalties for drivers using worn or defective tires on their cars. As the company describes, “each bald or defective tyre carries a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points,” in the British Isles. It would be great if our traffic enforcers enacted something similar here, as it would greatly reduce the risk of accidents on the road.
Make sure your tires are properly inflatedGEM also advises against under-inflated tires, as these “reduce your vehicle’s ability to grip the road, and also compromise handling.”
“This can result in unpredictable vehicle behavior, and increases the risk of a tyre blowout, where sudden rapid deflation occurs,” the company added.
As for over-inflated tires, GEM has this to say:
“Over-inflated tires have a smaller contact area with the road, leading to increased stopping distance and reduced grip. There’s likely to be a lot more wear across the central part of the tire, leading to a shorter lifespan.”
GEM’s final word“The relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions offers a welcome opportunity to get out on the road again,” said GEM road safety officer Neil Worth. “But we just want to help keep you as safe as possible, so do please check your tires before you go anywhere.”
“Carrying out the checks is a simple process that doesn’t take long – but could make all the difference to your safety,” he added.