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Drivers have been warned to check their vehicle’s tires this weekend before driving in a heatwave, as it could lead to cracks or increased tire pressure.
The Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning for the weekend, with highs of 35C-36C expected in some places in the UK.
Car sales site Goodbye Car has given advice on what to keep in mind in the current situation.
Alan Weir, manager of Goodbye Cars, said, “Heat can raise your vehicle’s tire pressure, with each 10°C increase your tire pressure increases, so checking your tire pressure throughout the day is essential.
“Not only that, but over-inflated tires can lose traction on roads and cause uneven wear, which can make your vehicle unsafe not only for you but for other drivers as well.”
Another factor motorists should pay attention to is the cracks in the tires. Small cracks in the tread of the tire are a sign of normal wear, however, deeper cracks may be a sign that the tire needs replacing and may mean that the tire is at risk of separating from the rest. .
Goodbye Car also offers advice on how to check the health of the vehicle’s tires before you set off.
Ways to check your vehicle tires
where to find your tire pressure
Tire pressures can be found in your vehicle’s handbook, usually stamped on the driver’s door sill, and sometimes on the inside of your fuel cap.
Check Your Vehicle Weight
Fully loaded vehicles will have different settings, so please remember to check these in your vehicle manual, especially if carrying extra passengers or any extra weight, ie baggage.
Check Your Tire’s PSI or Bar
Tire psi (pound-force per square inch) or bar (1 bar is equal to 14.5038 psi) can be checked using a tire pressure gauge. These can be bought to keep in your car at all times, or to be used at petrol stations.
Set up your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
It became law in November 2014 to have a TPMS before every new passenger vehicle is sold.
Some vehicles manufactured in 2015 have a built-in TPMS, where owners can set the tire pressure for their vehicle. If your tire pressure drops below the setting, you will be notified to add more pressure.