Motorists Risking Safety By Ignoring Tyres
Blackcircles.com Survey Has Alarming Result
Motorists in the UK are risking their safety as more than half “do not carry out any form of tyre maintenance”, a Blackcircles.com survey has revealed. This is concerning as tyres are more important than some people assume. Consider this: a vehicle is travelling at 70mph on the motorway. It is carrying a family of five and the boot is full of heavy luggage. Despite the car's prestigious badge, cosy seats and fancy electronics the only parts that touch tarmac – and therefore ensure it sticks to the road - are the tyres. Furthermore, as these constantly revolve only a small part of each hits the tarmac at one time – and of these large chunks have been removed to form the tread that clears rain water, etc. The car's touch-point with the surface is therefore extremely small. Despite this the motorist expects the tyres – without exception – to smoothly translate the engine's power into momentum and to help the vehicle brake and steer. These tasks must be performed in conditions such as extreme heat in the summer, rain in the autumn, and snow in the winter. As such, drivers should frequently check their tyres are fit for purpose.