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The HGV Training Centre routinely reminds readers of our blog about the importance of maintaining proper tyre pressure. From van and driving to trailer towing, making sure tyres are at the right pressure is a critical component of safe and fuel-efficient vehicle operation. Imagine our concern to discover that a recent test involving thousands of vehicles showed only 50% of the tyres in use were properly inflated.

The test was conducted by WheelRight at the NEC Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham this past April. Show attendees drove over a machine capable of measuring tyre pressure on the fly, enabling WheelRight to check 1,470 vehicles on the final day alone. Car owners could get paper copies of the results by confirming their registration numbers with the company.

WheelRight officials say that just 50% of the tyres that travelled over its machine were properly inflated. Even worse is the fact that 10% of the failing tyres were over or under-inflated by at least 20%. Such severe over or under inflation puts those tyres in a high-risk category.

Why is tyre pressure so critical? Here are just a few reasons:

From van driving to trailer towing, tyre pressure is important. You would be wise to check your tyres on a periodic basis. The job is made easy by hand-held pressure gauges you can purchase at any car parts store. Many petrol stations also provide gauges with their air hoses.

The HGV Training Centre offers van driving and trailer towing lessons along with our commercial driving programmes. We are one of the UK’s leading providers of driver training with a reputation for high standards, a thorough approach, and student drivers who pass their tests the first time.

Sources:

  1. Commercial Fleet – https://www.commercialfleet.org/news/latest-news/2015/05/27/only-50-of-tyres-measured-by-wheelright-found-to-be-correctly-inflated

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