New research from tyre manufacturer Hankook Tyres has revealed some startling statistics about UK drivers, starting with the discovery that around 1 in 10 drivers have never checked the pressure of the tyres on their vehicle. A further 1 in 5 drivers in the UK were found to only check their tyre pressure once every six months, despite repeated advice from within the industry for safety checks at least once a month.
Your tyres are one of the most safety critical aspects of your vehicle, affecting its grip, handling and braking distance. Having properly inflated tyres also affects your fuel economy and can also extend the lifespan of your tyres considerably.
Despite this, many drivers continue to drive on tyres that are underinflated or in poor condition. Part of the problem is that many UK drivers are unaware of the issues around tyre safety and maintenance – for example, the survey conducted by Hanook Tyres discovered that around 50% of drivers in the UK are unaware of the legal limits for tyre tread (1.6mm).
The survey also found that 70% of respondents would not change their tyres unless there is a problem or they are advised to do so.
Hankook Tyres also found that 1 in 5 motorists do not carry a spare tyre and that around two thirds of motorists would not know how to change their tyre in the event that their vehicle breaks down as a result of a tyre related problem. However, there was some good news, as the survey found that some 40% of respondents said that tyres were the most important thing to maintain on their vehicles.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your tyres or would like further advice on tyre safety and maintenance, please call into Derek Campbell Tyre and Exhaust Centre anytime. We offer a tyre safety check for all customers and offer reliable tyres (stocked from leading industry brands) for motorists whose tyres are in poor condition and in need of replacement.