Car repairs could be needed across a range of issues such as battery related defects or a failure to regularly top up vital supplies such as oil and petrol. However, motorists have been warned vibrations coming from your car could be the sign of a dangerous tyre defect which may have been picked up under lockdown.
Experts say leaving a car to stand for a prolonged period of time can cause tyres to develop flat spots which can have devastating consequences.
Experts at Select Car Leasing says this small amount of damage may cause havoc with a vehicle and possibly lead to dangerous blowouts.
The experts say flat spots can occur because tyres cool down and flatten as they are not being warmed up with regular road use.
James O’Malley, Director at Select Car leasing said small flat spots should not represent a problem and may disappear after 15 minutes on the road.
“But when you leave a car standing for several months at a time – as may be the case because of Covid-19 stay-at-home measures – the tyres may not automatically correct themselves. And this means drivers will be left with serious problems.”
Government data has revealed traffic levels were up to 73 percent down during the coronavirus pandemic which equated to millions of vehicles sitting idle.
Having flat spots on your car’s tyres can also lead to further consequences and experts warn the issues “should not be taken lightly”
As well as other safety risks which may become prevalent due to poor tyres, motorists are also risking huge fines.
Police officers can fine motorists up to £2,500 per tyre which does not comply with regulations and could even issue a charge for driving a car in a dangerous condition.
Under some circumstances fines of up to £5,000 may be issued for dangerous driving which can also result in up to nine penalty points being issued to a driving licence.
Mr O’Malley warned motorists could pick up their first signs of the issue by focusing on how their car is handling.
He said: “The first indications something is wrong will be strong vibrations and a sense of your car ‘shimmying’ down the road. That can be unnerving and it’s also dangerous in itself.
“Flat spotting can compromise braking performance while also making it more likely you might have a serious puncture. So it’s a problem that should not be taken lightly.”
Mr O’Malley also warned high performance tyres could suffer more dramatically than normal rubber as the short side walls make it harder for the tyres to spread pressure,
Road recovery experts Green Flag have revealed the firm has noticed a 72 percent spike in breakdowns since lockdown measures have been eased.
The experts say the increase was disproportionate to traffic levels and the firm believes the increase could be down to vehicles being poorly maintained during lockdown.
Green Flag have urged motorists to focus on their tyres by regularly moving their car if it is not being used.
Recovery experts say motorists should move their car backwards and forwards at least once a week during the shutdown to keep them in a good condition.
Published at Tue, 19 May 2020 06:40:00 +0000