Implications of low tire pressure on your vehicle


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Low tire pressure is a major source of many problems in cars. Here’s all you need to know about the consequences of driving your car on low-pressured tires!

Where does all the weight of a car rest? The tires. Playing the important roles of providing balance and aiding mobility, car tires cannot be undermined. A punctured tire is all it takes to render a vehicle useless. Until it’s fixed, there’s nothing you can use the vehicle for. Did you know that weather temperature can affect your tires? That’s how delicate tires are. 

Low tire pressure is a major source of trouble in cars. When it’s below par, it can cause damages to your car and to you as a person. acknowledges the negative effects of low tire pressure on vehicles and advises that you make an effort to keep your tire pressure high - in line with your manufacturer’s instructions at all times.

Here are five effects of low tire pressure on your car!

1. Reduction in mileage

Have you noticed that your car mileage has reduced? Many drivers are in the habit of making use of car tires with only 80% of the recommended air pressure. Unknown to them, it’s a major reason for reduced mileage. In a situation where your tire pressure drops to 6 PSI, your mileage can hit a very low rate of 5%.


Low pressure in car tires can do harm to other car components

2. Increase in fume emissions

Increased fume emissions are results of the first ill-effect. When the tire pressure is low, it leads to the fume emissions going higher due to low fuel economy. You’ll be saddled with the responsibility of fueling your car more often than necessary. As if that isn’t enough, badly inflated tires require more pressure to ensure that your vehicle is moving. The extra pressure required automatically increases emissions.

3. Shorter tread lifespan

Treads are part of car tires. Low pressure in your vehicle’s legs affects the treads, eating them up until they are nowhere to be found. In severe cases, tread loss can be as low as 25%.

Using tires with a below-minimum tread rate is a recipe for disaster. Hence, you’ll be forced to change your tires too often. By doing this, you incur more expenses. At the end of the day, you’d wish you your tires didn’t get low.

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4. Higher failure rate

The above effects of low tire pressure are unflattering, but they aren’t as bad as tire failure. The surface of a tire isn’t supposed to come in contact with the road so often. When that happens, there’s too much friction.

One of the effects of friction is additional heat. Overheating in tires may lead to the tires blowing up. Imagine what could happen when your tire blows up while driving. It disrupts the car movement, throwing it off balance. Separation of the treads can also occur as a result of overheating. In the face of these, an accident may happen. You’ll be very lucky if you are able to avert it.


Tires with low pressure are prone to blow-up

5. Delay in stopping

Ideally, tires come to a halt immediately you apply the brakes. But when they have low pressure, they become incapacitated to function properly. Stopping when the brakes are applied becomes a delayed process. You’ll have to wait a few more seconds before your car becomes still.

If you happened to be in close proximity to someone or an object, you might bump into them due to the delay in stopping. This is a major problem in traffic. You are at risk of hitting the car in front of you due to improper control.

Low tire pressure causes problems in all types of vehicles including bicycles. Knowing the consequences of low pressure helps you to avoid getting into such a situation. Always check your tires before driving. If it’s low on pressure, do the needful – get a mechanic.

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Chris Odogwu

Chris Odogwu

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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