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Just back from a two week road trip in Umbria. Could not believe how bad the roads are down there! I thought the UK road conditions were pretty dodgy but this is something else. I'm not just talking about the back roads. The motorways and secondary roads were atrocious too! I foolishly had my tyres up at their 5 bar max's and then had real trouble finding a service station with a working compressor to lower them! Wont make that mistake again!

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I drove them Almafi coast a few years back. An experience I will never forget,,,,!
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Re: Italian Roads

If you are driving in Italy, then you should at least be be grateful that there is still a road under those 4 wheels: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...s-resignations
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Re: Italian Roads

Why did you increase the pessure to the max, rather than reduce it to the min?

Clearly, you have no idea of what you are doing and should be banned from driving!

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Re: Italian Roads

Hi Tom

Didn't increase them to the max, they were at that pressure for driving here. Just didn't have the Italian experience to know to reduce them significantly. As said, I wont make that mistake again!
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Old 15.09.2018, 23:04
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Just back from a two week road trip in Umbria. Could not believe how bad the roads are down there! I thought the UK road conditions were pretty dodgy but this is something else
I've driven down as far as Naples and the roads are fine. No problem at all.

Roads in some countries I've driven in are far worse.
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Why did you increase the pessure to the max, rather than reduce it to the min?

Clearly, you have no idea of what you are doing and should be banned from driving!

Tom
It's better for the tires to be somewhat over what the manufacturer (of the vehicle) suggests.
Uses less fuel and the wear and tear is reduced, sometimes considerably.
However, brake-distance is increased and comfort is lowered, as OP can witness.

It's really the easiest way to noticeably reduce fuel-consumption.

But who am I to tell you that?
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It's better for the tires to be somewhat over what the manufacturer (of the vehicle) suggests.
Uses less fuel and the wear and tear is reduced, sometimes considerably.
However, brake-distance is increased and comfort is lowered, as OP can witness.

It's really the easiest way to noticeably reduce fuel-consumption.

But who am I to tell you that?
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I don't believe that, if you over inflate you will wear out the middle of the tyre, under inflate wear out the sides.
Car manufactures optimise car pressures often by timing on a race track, their suggestion is correct.
If breaking distance is increased, there is less grip on the road, so bad idea.
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It's better for the tires to be somewhat over what the manufacturer (of the vehicle) suggests.
Nor sure of what car Mountain High is driving, but 5 bar seems completely OTT.

Must have felt like solid rubber tires.
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Old 16.09.2018, 10:02
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Hi Tom

Didn't increase them to the max, they were at that pressure for driving here. Just didn't have the Italian experience to know to reduce them significantly. As said, I wont make that mistake again!

Have no idea how experienced Italians reduce tire pressure!



but where I come from we use a little gadget like a screw driver or pocket knife to push down on the tire valve.



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As for compressors, we ONLY use em for inflating the tires.

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Re: Italian Roads

Hi Rob, I did think about sticking something in to push on the valve but I wanted a way of accurately setting a lower pressure, hence a compressor with a gauge. I was driving a Fiat Ducato van with 16 inch tyres, so the initial 5 bar pressure was not unduly high, just not right for the conditions I experienced!
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Hi Rob, I did think about sticking something in to push on the valve but I wanted a way of accurately setting a lower pressure, hence a compressor with a gauge. I was driving a Fiat Ducato van with 16 inch tyres, so the initial 5 bar pressure was not unduly high, just not right for the conditions I experienced!

May wanna pick up one of these:

https://www.jumbo.ch/de/reifendruckp...88?sku=1074667


And they're a bit more accurate then the ones at the filling stations.
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Re: Italian Roads

tbh the roads in the UK must not be that bad if you find italian roads atrocious. They are not that bad especially the motorways.
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tbh the roads in the UK must not be that bad if you find italian roads atrocious. They are not that bad especially the motorways.
The Italian toll roads are mainly OK where as the Uk motorways are no worse but free.
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May wanna pick up one of these:

https://www.jumbo.ch/de/reifendruckp...88?sku=1074667


And they're a bit more accurate then the ones at the filling stations.
Useless for OP as the scale ends at 4.5 bar.
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Old 17.09.2018, 07:49
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Re: Italian Roads

Specifically for Umbria, this might be part of the reason.
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Re: Italian Roads

5 bars
2.9 bars and my ass start to complain

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Re: Italian Roads

The road conditions often vary by region in Italy. Different roads are the responsibility of different agencies, some are national, most are regional though.



We're spoilt by Swiss roads, among the smoothest and best maintained in the world.
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Re: Italian Roads

Have you tried driving in Greece?
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Have you tried driving in Greece I95?
FTFY.

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