Your car tyre pressure is not just hot air this festive season

Checking your tyre pressure before travelling means peace of mind. (rawpixel.com pic)

You do not want to be stranded at the side of the highway with low tyre pressure or a tool kit that is missing.

It is Friday and the long festive weekend is here with many of you planning that drive back to your family home this evening or early tomorrow morning.

Malaysians who have taken advantage of their annual leave have already driven back to their hometown and are happily reading this without a worry.

Do remember though, in a few days you will need to return to your work and that long drive back is coming up for sure.

So, please read on and take to heart some of the points that DSF is sharing here.

Not just Malaysians but many drivers around the world put themselves at risk everyday by failing to properly check the tyre pressure of their vehicles.

In fact, an alarming three out of four cars run on under-inflated tyres, compromising road safety, decreasing tyre life and increasing fuel consumption.

Therefore, maintaining the correct tyre pressure and performing regular tyre checks is a sustainable and cost effective way to enhance safety on the road, increase fuel efficiency and tyre longevity while protecting the environment.

Please take note that your car tyre will not function correctly if it is not properly inflated.

In the case of insufficient air pressure, a tyre’s tread life is reduced through increased tread wear on the outer edges of the tyre.

It also generates excessive heat which reduces tyre durability and decreases fuel economy due to higher rolling resistance.

The correct tyre pressure ensures safety and fuel efficiency. (rawpixel.com pic)

This requires your vehicle to burn more fuel to maintain the same level of desired speed. This in turn forces your vehicle to work harder.

It is all black, round and relatively dirty all the time which is why the tyre may be an afterthought for many drivers.

In actual fact they are one of the most important components of a vehicle because tyres are the only contact your car has with the road.

Vehicle handling and controls such as braking, accelerating and steering are all key functions made possible by your tyres.

Therefore, incorrect tyre pressure will undermine your vehicle’s performance and may lead to tyre failure, or worse, an accident.

So please head to your nearest tyre shop before it closes for the festival and check your tyre pressure.

Do not forget to check the spare tyre pressure and that your tool kit is complete. This applies even if you use run flat tyres.

Agreed it will cost you a few Ringgit, but you will have the peace of mind that your car has been checked by a qualified person who does this day in and day out.

If you are the hands on type who knows what to do then visit a petrol station with a working tyre pressure machine and check all five tyres yourself.

Bring along some hand sanitiser and wet wipes as the machines are generally a little dirty.

Stay safe and keep those round, black rubber things on your car working at their best for you and your loved ones this long weekend.

DSF wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year.

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