Debunking commonly held tyre myths and legends


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"Tyre manufacturers, industry associations and tyre retailers work hard to get the proper information out to consumers”
“Unfortunately, many people still rely on family 'experts' for advice” - Bridgestone

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  • "The result of these myths is dissatisfaction with the tyres, the tyre manufacturer and the dealer that sold the tyres. Proper tyre maintenance is still the responsibility of the driver." Improperly maintained tyres can lead to problems and, at the very least, a shortened tyre life.
  • Look for the tyre pressure recommended for your vehicle in your vehicle hand book or within the technical information usually found on the inside of your vehicle's front right hand door or fuel tank flap.
  • Debunking commonly held tyre myths and legends

    1. 1. Debunking commonly held TYRE MYTHS AND LEGENDS 9/12/2013 1
    2. 2. "Tyre manufacturers, industry associations and tyre retailers work hard to get the proper information out to consumers” “Unfortunately, many people still rely on family 'experts' for advice” - Bridgestone 9/12/2013 2
    3. 3. It’s time to separate fact from fiction Unlike Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and Dragons, tyre stories passed on from generation to generation are not just ‘harmless myths’ and it’s time they are laid to rest 9/12/2013 1
    4. 4. MYTH 1: The best air pressure is on the tyre's sidewall  FACT: The air pressure indicated on the sidewall of the tyre is the recommended maximum air pressure for that particular tyre at a specified load, not necessarily the air pressure for the tyre on your specific vehicle  Automobiles and tyres are designed to work together to provide the best balance of handling, traction, comfort and braking characteristics  Unless you've changed tyre size and type, the proper air pressure for your vehicle and tyre combination may be found in your car's owner's manual, on a sticker in the glovebox, inside the drivers door or fuel tank flap 9/12/2013 1
    5. 5. MYTH 2: You can drive as fast and as long on a space-saver wheel as you can on a regular tyre  FACT: Space-saver wheels are designed to allow you to get to the nearest service centre for repairs or replacement  Space-savers aren't designed for long-term use and should be replaced by a regular size wheel as soon as possible  In Australia and New Zealand, the maximum speed you may drive when using a space-saver is 80 km/h  This lower speed limit is imposed because with a mismatched wheel fitted to the vehicle, the handling and dynamics will be compromised, especially at higher speeds 9/12/2013 1
    6. 6. MYTH 3: Uneven wear means that the tyre is defective or that there are broken components within the tyre.  FACT: Uneven wear can result from many causes. However most commonly the causes are;  Improper inflation pressure for the load being carried;  A lack of rotation at recommended intervals; and/or  Other mechanical conditions, such as worn or damaged suspension parts and poor wheel alignment  In rare instances, it can indicate a problem within the tyre structure. In all cases, tyres exhibiting uneven wear should be examined by an authorized tyre service person so that the cause can be corrected. 9/12/2013 1
    7. 7. MYTH 4: As long as I have tread remaining on my tyres, they are safe to use regardless of how old they may be  FACT: Rubber is the main component in tyres and it deteriorates with age and exposure to the elements, like heat sources, sunlight and the ozone making it hard to define a life span  Road surfaces from country to country also affect the lifespan of a tyre  However even if a tyre appears ‘new’ - when it’s over 6 years old, it’s time to throw it out  Throwing out ‘new looking’ but old tyres is better than potentially throwing away a life 9/12/2013 1
    8. 8. MYTH 5: If you hit a curb or pothole and your tyre doesn’t fail, you can assume the tyre has no damage  FACT: When a tyre strikes a pothole or curb with sufficient force, it can be damaged even if it’s new or correctly inflated  Pull over immediately and inspect the tyres  There may be little or no visible exterior indication of damage, however don’t be fooled – damage may have occurred on the inside, get it checked ASAP  If you see a bulge, bubble, cut or embedded object – change your tyre before driving on – you life may well depend on it 9/12/2013 1
    9. 9. Who are DriveRight?  Founded in 2001, DriveRight is a globally recognised leading independent supplier of wheel and tyre specific data for the automotive industry and its aftermarket.  DriveRight specialises in global tyre and wheel data solutions with information on more than 50,000 vehicles and fitment details, such as original tyre size, offset, PCD and nut and bolt requirements.  Operationally, DriveRight data helps the automotive industry reduce training costs, potential re-work, improves quality, manage inventory and generate new sales.  Continually updated, DriveRight fitment data is accessed globally over 8.5 million times every month, supporting 8,000 customer websites and is used internationally by business partners like Amazon, eBay, Goodyear-Dunlop, Bridgestone, Momo, Oxigin, Nokian and OZ  Contact to find out more 9/12/2013 1