Car tyres are arguably the most important and overlooked feature of your car. The car makes contact with the route through tyred but people tend to avoid this feature extensively. They need regular maintenance in order to keep performing the best of their ability. Due to its complexity and diversity, most of the people seem to understand this feature completely. Although they play a very crucial role in keeping the safety intact on the road, it is surprising that many misconceptions related to them. Perhaps your family members or friends would have told you about the myths related to them but don't worry we are here to bust some common myths related to the tyres.
1. Excessive inflation would bugger
It is a General misconception that if the pressure exceeds the max press number on this side wall then there is a danger that the tyre would burst however the truth is that the max press has nothing to do with the and max tyre's burst pressure. The max press basically indicates the maximum amount of weight that the tyre will carry or the particular pressure that the tyre should be when fully loaded. There is no chance that you would accidentally burst the tyre if you exceed this number. The new tyres are manufactured to be highly robust and they would not burst even well above this max press number. It is extremely significant to be careful while inflating your tyres as excessive inflating can cause damage. Too much air in the tyres can also cause incompetent operation if you hit a pothole. Most importantly while adjusting and checking, you must be fully aware of the correct readings of your car. It is essential to know that these readings can vary in reference to whether the car is loaded or not.
2. New tyres don't fail
Is it absolutely true that the main cause of damage through the tyres is the wear and tear on the roads? The tread on your tyres begins to wear down as you rack up miles behind the wheels however it does not mean that you reduce your car usage as there are various factors affecting the rubber which includes the storage condition of the tyres. The aging of the tyres speeds up upon exposure to bright sunlight, rain, heat, cold and ice. There are certain steps that you can take in order to protect the tyres while you are not using it for instance if the weather is very hot you can store them if the weather is very hot then you can store the them in a relatively cooler and drier environment. If the vehicle has been dormant for a long time then you must replace rather than just refilling them. Moreover, you should carefully keep a check for any cracks, bulges or any other sort of damage. If you are uncertain about the safety of the tyres then you should get them checked by an expert immediately preferably before using them especially for a long journey. The tyres are complex and each manufacturer would have numerous recommendations around when you should be replacing your tyres. Some of them may even recommend changing them after every 5 years regardless of the tread depth.
3. Front tyres should be replaced with priority
It is absolutely misleading although it may sound true as the rear tyres provide stability to the vehicle. The rear tyres are responsible for the maintenance of balance and prevent any spinning of the vehicle if you are attempting to break or steer in wet conditions. So, if you are intending to replace 2 tyres of your vehicle then you better opt for the rear ones as this would favor under-steering which means that even in rain or icy conditions the car would go straight despite turning of the wheel. Contrary to this, if you replace the front tyres, you may end up over-steering which implies that the back end of your car would be free causing spinning of the vehicle, Moreover, it can cause the water to bounce off them onto the rear ones exerting more pressure on them. The rear tyres suffer more punctures and various damages and it more troublesome to control the car with damaged rear tyres than the front ones so if you are buying the new tyres for your car then with expert advice and trained technicians get them fixed rather than relying on the misconceptions. As per the common believe, all the tyres are filled with air but it is not essentially the truth. Air is not the sole substance that can be pumped into the tyres. Various racing vehicles and aircraft are filled with nitrogen as it is a gas that is better in maintaining stable pressure in comparison to the air.
4. With TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), you can get enough inflation
TPMS is a highly useful electronic system which is designed to monitor the pressure inside pneumatic tyres and it can be very helpful to prevent the accidents caused due to extremely low pressure. It aids the drivers to ensure a predictable performance of the car, reduced usage of fuel, minimize emissions and lesser tyre damage. The system is connected to the car through central computerization and upon detection of the pressure being dropped to an unsafe level; it provides the driver with a warning through a visual alert. However, it does not provide the warning until pressure is 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation. TPMS is intended as a last-minute warning before impending tyre failure. Contrary to the "myth", this equipment does not ensure the inflation of tyres nor does it inflate automatically upon detection of a low tyre pressure. The basic function of this system is to inform the driver and its then up to them to correct the level themselves so whether you have TPMS or not you would have to inflate the tyres manually.