It happens sometimes when you least expect it. You’re in a hurry and without knowing, you end up overinflating one of your car tires or may be even all of them. You know this is wrong, but you do not think much about it because the vehicle can after all move. Unknown to you, overinflating your tires can have serious consequences not just on your safety, but also on your car’s overall performance as well as its fuel consumption. You therefore have all the reasons to ensure your tires are inflated not just well but according to Volvo’s specification.
There are lots of challenges and problems related to an overinflated tire. The first and most common one of them all is the fact that such tire is very likely to blow, making a loud noise and throwing the vehicle off balance while in motion. The worst would be if the vehicle was in high speed while in motion, taking control to safe parking would become almost impossible. Now the second challenge is the fact that most of the vehicle’s security and safety systems like the anti-lock braking system are actually designed to work when the tires are filled with the manufacturing factory fitted recommended measure. So an overinflated tire would compromise such mechanism and put the vehicle in more risks.
Wear And Tear
Consider a child who overinflates a balloon beyond its capacity and required amount of air probably out of excitement or just a plain ignorance. What happens next? The Balloon starts wearing and loses it colors, going somewhat pale and then boom. The balloon burst and gets torn into several piece and can cause small injuries or pains if it got at anyone. That’s exactly what happens when a tire is overinflated, it exposes it to the risk of wearing out gradually. What happens is that when there is too much air in the tire, the tire gets stiff and very inflexible as it should be which makes it more susceptible to tearing if it gets into any pothole or curbs.
Driving in an uncomfortable vehicle is not fun. It gets even worse when you have to drive on a rough terrain with overinflated tires. It does not end at just discomfort, the tires get distorted in shape. It won’t take long before this turns into a safety issue.
Of course this is a wear and tear issue. It is a serious one though. Once you have overinflated tires, the sidewalls will tread each time you drive. The tire then becomes harder than it should. This goes on to reduce both traction and performance. It also causes uneven tire wear. Note that when you increase pressure beyond the recommended limit, the contact patch of the tire shrinks. The center tread then protrudes further out solely because of the increased pressure. This becomes a major problem because now a significant part of the tires traction will come from just the center of the tire. It may not look much at first but you’ll quickly realize that the overall contact patch of the whole vehicle will be reduced. The ripple effect goes all the way to braking and control. In other words, tire inflation is one of the most crucial safety elements.