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What happens if tyre pressure is too low?

Tyres with low air pressure can suffer. Performance, safety and efficiency are all affected. Issues occur such as:

1. Poor handling: low tyre pressure can affect the way your vehicle handles, making it more difficult to control.

2. Increased wear and tear: when underinflated, tyres are more likely to wear down quicker and in an uneven way. This results in a shorter lifespan for your tyres.

3. Reduced fuel efficiency: low tyre pressure also reduces your vehicle's fuel efficiency. As your engine has to work harder to move your vehicle.

4. Increased risk of blowouts: underinflated tyres are more prone to blowouts, which can be dangerous and even fatal.

Is low tyre pressure dangerous?

Yes, low tyre pressure can be dangerous.

It affects the way your vehicle handles, reduces the fuel efficiency and increases the wear and tear on your tyres. If your tyres are low on air pressure, they may not be able to support the weight of your vehicle, which could lead to a serious accident.

Can you drive with low tyre pressure?

It is possible, but not recommended.

Driving with underinflated tyres can be dangerous and can cause damage to your vehicle. It is important to maintain the correct tyre pressure to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive.

Does low tyre pressure affect fuel consumption?

Yes. When your tyres are underinflated, your engine has to work harder to move your vehicle. This in turn uses more fuel. This can result in a decrease in fuel efficiency and an increase in your fuel costs.

What to do if tyre pressure is too low?

If your tyre pressure is too low, you should add air to your tyres as soon as possible.

The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can usually be found in your vehicle handbook or on a sticker inside the driver's side door.

You can add air to your tyres at most petrol stations. It is important to check your tyre pressure regularly to ensure that it is at the correct level.