posted 5 years ago

Motorists Risking Safety By Ignoring Tyres 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 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.

How To Check Tyres

Checking a tyre is straightforward and requires very little knowledge. The first consideration is the pressure which influences how the car corners, brakes, rides, and steers. Incorrect pressure – either too high or too low - can also damage the tyre. The correct pressure can be confirmed via a sticker that is often located on the driver-side b-pillar. If not, refer to the manual. Remember too that cars often require different pressures at the front/back and while heavily laden. The next consideration is tread depth. The legal minimum is 1.6mm across the central 75% of the tyre's width, and around its circumference. This can be checked via a gauge or the wear indicators that (most) tyres have within their tread. However, to maintain the vehicle's performance it is best to replace a tyre when its tread hits 3mm. Furthermore, check for consistent wear. The left side, for example, should wear fairly evenly with the right. If not, this indicates a (possible) problem with the car's tracking that should be rectified. Also, check for tears, punctures, bulges, and cracking that might compromise the tyre's integrity. Plus, of course, if there is any doubt that the tyre is fit for purpose have it checked via a mechanic.

New Tyre Labels Benefit Motorists

70,000miles over 3 years in 2 different cars with part worn tyres at £150 for a full set giving me around 25000 per set with no problems. I've not had any blow outs or any other issues.

All of this is good points to make and I also agree that motorway air should be free actually make that all air at petrol stations should be free. The only thing I have to add is that you should not be checking your tyre pressures whilst tyres are hot this will give you a false reading

Manufacturers are compounding this problem by not supplying spare tyres and suggesting that a can of spray is safe whenever it appears to have allowed reflation of a tyre. Absurd!

At the very least, air should be free of any charges at motorway services. if safety is not the prime consideration on motorways... where is it?

i totally agree with Brian, there should be free air at petrol stations. With regards to Johns comments about part worns, i think instead of just banning sales, there should be tighter restrictions. i myself have bought part worn tires before, as mine were needing changed, and i did not have available funding to spend £300+ on getting new tires fitted. i was lucky thow, one of my mates had the same car and had bought new tires only a month or two back, when his car got written off, due to being T-Boned, i nabbed them. Difference was i knew where the tires had been changed, and how many miles they had done. But i totally agree with the price of tires being stupid. can see why so many people risk running with baldys. Insurance, tax and petrol is high enough without having to pay stupid amounts of money per tire.

Part worn & used tyres should not be allowed to be sold as you do not know how they have been used previously.Reduce new tyre costs to try & cut out dodgy tyre sales.

Perhaps if the government had made it a legal requirement that petrol stations had to legally supply 'free' air to fuel purchasers, life might be a little safer - and not as much fuel wasted by people not checking.

Good sound advice ignore at your peril.