Driver training IAM Drive & Survive is recommending fleets regularly check their tyres as an under-inflated tyre wears far more quickly than one which is inflated properly.
Industry experts claim that a 20% reduction in pressure can shorten a tyre’s useful life by up to 30%. And checking that the pressure is correct for the vehicle - including the load - can also have a considerable impact on your fuel bill.
Underinflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption by up to 5%.
IAM Drive & Survive head of training Simon Elstow said: “Check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, at least once a month – and weekly is far better. And don’t be tempted to over-inflate them. This causes poor vehicle handling, reduced stability in braking, cornering and reduced grip.”
IAM Drive & Survive recommends that you check your tyres for wear, damage and pressure. If you pick up a nail, or damage the sidewall on a pothole or a curb, you may be able to save the tyre before it’s ruined.