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Don’t ignore your tyres, says IAM

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.

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