Driving on overinflated tires, how dangerous can it be!
The process of inflating tires is very simple yet extremely significant and tricky in terms of various aspects, especially safety. Just imagine a scenario in which you got distracted while you were inflating your tires and incidentally inflated your tire with an excessive amount of air. Or on the other hand, maybe someone revealed to you that overinflated tires could decrease the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
It is typical illiteracy and misconception that overinflating your tires will prompt progressively responsive handling and reduced fuel consumption. Truth be told, no matter what overinflating is negative to the tires and can be perilous. Ultimately, whatever the explanation behind it, driving on overinflated tires can be dangerous for your vehicle and deadly for you.
For the best taking overall handling and ideal fuel economy of the vehicle, always cling to the manufacturers recommended tire pressure, not the one recommended to you by a friend.
You can find the recommended tire pressure:
- In the owner’s manual
- On the sidewall of the tire itself
- On the placard posted on the front door jam, fuel flap, or in the glove box
- By contacting the customer support of your tire vendors such as PitStopArabia or you tire manufacturer
Hazards of overinflated tires
Here is a rundown of hazards that an overinflated tire may prompt:
Overinflated tires are unsafe
There is an assortment of unfortunate mishaps that can happen in the event that you drive on overinflated tires. Most prominent of all the hazards is the risk of a tire blowout. An instantaneous and sudden tire blowout can make you lose control of your vehicle and contrarily influence the braking framework, thus jeopardizing yourself as well as other people out and about. So, do not be the cause of your death.
Furthermore, a vehicle is a marvel of science and its works on a precise calculation, even the slightest miscalculation or inappropriate component can compromise the overall safety of the vehicle. A large number of the safety features on the vehicle are intended to work when tires are filled to the recommended tire pressure, such as the braking framework. Overinflated tires could bargain a portion of your vehicle’s capacities, thus captivating the vehicle to dangerous restraints.
Overinflated tires are highly likely to get damage
Overinflating your tires can make them progressively helpless against harmful agents. Tires that are overinflated all the more solid and unbendable, which makes them progressively vulnerable to debris, potholes, curbs, and various other sharp objects.
As a driver driving with overinflated tires, you’ll also feel each knock and plunge in the road, thus experience an extremely uncomfortable ride.
Overinflating a tire can also make a tire lose its integrity, consequently having a distorted shape. This distortion in the shape of a tire can diminish footing and while increasing the fuel consumption of the vehicle.
NOTE: Contingent upon the conditions, occasionally overinflated tire could deteriorate and wear more rapidly.
Overinflated tires wear out prematurely
An overinflated tire wears out more rapidly on the face than its shoulders since the tire bulges at the face (center) when you over inflate it. The tire will also have a smaller contact patch with the road.
Now you might be thinking well that’s great, smaller contact patch means lower rolling resistance and increased mileage; however, that is not the case. The smaller contact patch at the center of the overinflated tire will wear out more rapidly, will prompt uncomfortable ride, will have compromised handling, and, most importantly, the lifespan of the tire will decrease. The bargain is safety with few illusional bucks; the question is, are you willing to take it?
Do not ever ignore the importance of tire pressure. Even the slightest act of ignorance could cost you your life, so it’s never a great idea to drive with overinflated tire no matter if someone recommended you or you want to cheat on increasing the mileage of your vehicle.
The best thing you can do is to check your tire pressure as per the recommendation of the manufacturer once every month to be on the safe side. Or you can install TPMS if checking tire pressure at a regular interval is too big of a deal for you.