FROM THE DIRECTOR
A note on Safety From the Director
I have read differing reports of the percentage of pressure loss before we start to lose the ability to control our vehicles. We generally have four or more tyres giving us stability. This stability gives us control. Generally, it is accepted that a loss of 20-25% tyre pressure on one wheel, would significantly impair our ability to safely control our vehicles. Some track/road race/competition drivers have said they will notice far less!
When a puncture occurs whilst driving, we generally will feel this through our steering wheel. Control becomes less precise and vague. We may also incur more vibrations, and eventually noise. A catastrophic pressure loss leaves little room for manoeuvre. Even with a less severe puncture, the speed at which gas is lost, and the distance covered with a decreasing level of control (ability to accelerate, brake, steer, stability) can be very sobering. Couple this with other road users, conditions, fixed hazards and the severity of our situation, and vulnerability starts to unfold.
it is widely accepted that often, heat build-up, caused by under inflation or a slow puncture can increase the possibility of catastrophic failure.
Assuming all has gone well and we have sufficient control to pull in, are we in a safe place for both ourselves, and other road users, to address the puncture? Let’s not forget the vulnerability and potential danger to any person travelling alone, lady drivers, young persons, senior citizens, and the hair –raising experience for anyone of being stuck on a motorway.
We believe that Auto-Seal is the most effective, safety enhancing, single accessory we can add to any pneumatic tyre. Auto-Seal is an “active” not a passive system, that pre-installed, as designed, will plug the puncture up to 15mm in diameter, within 2-3 revolutions of the puncture occurring.
There are limits. Auto-Seal has been tested and proven to plug up to 15mm diameter punctures. No other product comes remotely close. Even if the damage sustained to our tyre is greater or the tyre integrity has been compromised, Auto-Seal will still greatly reduce the loss of air, giving a slow, committed deflation. This therefore gives the driver a greater period of control and sustains the balance of the vehicle for longer, enabling the driver to address the situation in a safe place.
Recently, my son driving back from rugby in London, circa 140 miles, (yes I am that old!), announced he had picked up a puncture during the journey. His car, like many of today, carries no spare wheels or tools. His car was protected with Auto-Seal. Auto-Seal enabled him to return safely and address the issue in a safe and favourable place, home!….Well, I did!
I removed the offending object, in this case a screw and it re-sealed. We checked the pressure and took the car for a small drive to increase the Auto-Seal plug that had formed. It’s still going strong.
As stated, many of our vehicles today come with no spare wheels or tools. Some are fitted with so called “Run-flat” tyres, whilst some have a “one-use” compressor and emergency sealant. Failing this we sit and wait for a recovery service. Run-flat tyres are designed for an emergency, to use up to 50 miles. The fact you are driving on them when punctured means they cannot be repaired. it is this action that damages the integrity of the tyre. They are expensive, and not all garages hold them in stock!
The “one-use” sealants are chemical formulation. They are usually designed to seal up to circa 4mm, and when installed you have reduced speeds and a maximum distance. The product cannot be cleaned from the tyre, so therefore a new tyre plus compressor and liquid are required.
Auto-Seal provides a “Win-Win” in terms of the potential safety it offers, without the issues of product disintegration, balancing/impaired performance and irreparable corrosion.