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Overloading hurts van users

Published to the CV Show website on
04/04/2011

Van and light truck operators may be wasting money by dangerously overloading their vehicles.  So says a warning by TyreSafe, the UK's leading tyre safety organisation, after the latest Vosa effectiveness report showed that the van overloading prohibition rate rose from 66.9% in 2008/09 to 72.7% in 2009/10.  If operators fail to compensate for heavier loads by increasing tyre pressures to the recommended levels, tyres will wear more quickly, fuel use will rise and safety may drop.  The effects of overloading and under-inflation are very similar; heat build-up, increasing the risk of a dangerous blowout, particularly on high-speed motorway journeys, says TyreSafe.
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