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Five ways to get the best out of your tyres


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Five ways to get the best out of your tyres


April 18, 2012  


Tyre profiles have changed considerably in recent years because of changes in vehicle styling and demand for increased vehicle performance. With this in mind, logistics firm Canute, the UK independent haulier, has revealed its top tips for tyre efficiency.


 
Check tyres pressures weekly: It may sound obvious, but making sure that the tyre pressures are set correctly for the vehicle operation is paramount. Air carries the total load of your vehicle and passengers, so correct inflation pressure is vital to maintain the integrity of the tyre and the safe handling of the vehicle. This not only ensures longevity with the tyre itself but will reduce fuel consumption and maximise fuel efficiency. Pressures should be checked regularly by fleet engineers, when tyres are cold.

Don’t over or under-inflate: If you put too much air into tyres it reduces the ability of the tyre to absorb road shocks, resulting in a much harsher ride, whereas under inflation causes excessive flexing in the tyre, which builds up internal heat and may eventually weaken the casing. Under-inflation is a frequent cause of tyre damage and also causes rapid shoulder and irregular tread wear.

Keep wheels correctly aligned: As well as prolonging tyre life and fuel efficiency, safety is the primary reason for balancing the wheels and tyres on your vehicle correctly. Ensuring that the wheels of the tyres are aligned properly ensures an even wear of the tyres on the road and a smoother drive for the driver. The wheels should be balanced when new tyres are fitted, any time that the tyre is removed from the rim and at regular intervals to take into account any variation in tyre balance from irregular wear.

Keep an eye on damage: Even while travelling at low speeds, wheel fractures can occur through impacts with the kerbs, roadway objects and potholes.  The rate of tread wear depends on factors such as vehicle speed, load, braking, cornering, acceleration, inflation pressures, wheel alignment, road surface, climatic and even geographical conditions. Therefore, a contributing factor which affects the longevity of the tyre ultimately rests with the driver. Cautious driving is the key ingredient when it comes to prolonging tyre life.

Consider a tyre management company: The ideal tyre management company is one that provides a comprehensive tyre solution, with the right mix of product, at the right price, with a managed solution; it basically encompasses a service that complements the services need, and a suitable PPK contract is part of that process,” said David Emslie, Group Sales Director. 

 

 

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