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Pirelli's Tips for Treading Carefully this Winter

With winter now officially upon us, Pirelli wants to advise all Australian motorists that there is no more important time to ensure your tyres are able to deal with the challenging winter road conditions.

"Today's vehicles have a lot of safety features, from seat belts to anti-lock brakes and airbags, but one of the most important safety features on your car is something that you might not think about very much-your tyres." Managing Director of Pirelli Tyres Australia Roberto Righi said.

"Tyre technology has made tremendous advances over the years, and although tyres from brands such as Pirelli are reliable, high quality and long-lasting they still need a little regular care and maintenance to stay that way."
Pirelli is encouraging motorists to devote a few minutes a month to tyre care, in order to get the most out of their tyres.

Something as simple as having your tyres correctly inflated can relieve some of the extra costs Australians are now faced with when buying petrol.

Between four to seven percent of car's total fuel consumption can be contributed to the tyres, and if the tyres are properly inflated this will decrease the amount of times drivers will need to fill up their petrol tanks.

Tyres should be inflated and adjusted to the specified inflation pressure found on the tyre placard, which is usually located on the inside of the driver side door, or in your vehicle's manual.

Having an under inflated tyre could also harm the tyre itself. If the tyre is unbalanced due to the tyre pressure then it will not sit evenly on the road, ultimately causing the tyre to wear disproportionately.

Pirelli is also advising motorists to check that their vehicle's tyres have sufficient tread, as tyre performance especially braking in the wet, deteriorates dramatically below 2mm of tread.

"Completely bald or balding tyres on wet or damp roads can be likened to driving on ice, and the fact that you can see tread does not necessarily mean that you have adequate tread," Roberto Righi said.

A worn tyre reduces the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital in staying safe on the roads this winter.

Pirelli suggests a simply visual inspection on a regular basis in addition to vehicle servicing.

"All tyres have a tread wear indicator, or TWI, engraved into the tyre in several positions. A tread wear indicator is simply a bar across the base of the tread that shows when a tyre has reached its minimum legal tread depth.
When any one of these bars appears, your tyres must be replaced

To find the tread wear indicator look for a triangle or, on older tyres, the letters 'TWI' around the shoulder of the tyre, where the sidewall meets the tread.
The best way to avoid the inconvenience of a bad tyre is to not have one in the first place.

There is a Pirelli tyre to suit virtually all popular wheel sizes and budgets; ranging from the balanced performance of the P400 Touring range, through to the ultra high performance P Zero tyre range.

This is what drivers should look out for.
Tyres where the tread wear indicator is visible should be replaced

A safe Pirelli tyre

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Briony Ingerson, Media Relations, Pirelli Tyres Australia
 c/o Media and Communication Services
Ph: (03) 9596 9011

June 2007