posted 5 years ago

Young Drivers Risking Their Lives By Neglecting Tyres

TyreSafe Survey Reveals Alarming Result

Shock: TyreSafe has revealed that 25% of 18 to 25 year old motorists have “never” checked their pressures. And shock: more than 33% have “never” checked their tread depth. These survey results show a lack of knowledge - or as these people recently studied for the theory test, complacency - that risks the lives of the motorists and their fellow road users. After all, nearly 200 people were killed/seriously injured last year as a result of a dangerous, illegal, or under-inflated tyres. Such issues could have been rectified within moments, often for no cost or very little money. Furthermore, more than 50% of 18 to 25 year old drivers are unaware that it is their responsibility to ensure their tyres are safe and legal - and 85% do not know that the maximum fine for non-compliance is £2,500 per-wheel. This could be accompanied by 3 penalty points per-corner that could cumulatively lead to a motorist's licence being revoked. This is a particular issue for newbies that are normally banned once they collect six penalty points.

TyreSafe Chairman Discusses Survey Results

TyreSafe Chairman, Stuart Jackson, said: “Regular basic tyre maintenance is a critical element of being a safe and responsible driver - yet these latest findings would suggest that this message is being lost on young drivers today.” Mr Jackson continued: “We saw an increase last year in the number of tyre related road casualties and if we fail to take immediate action in educating young drivers about the need to look after their tyres properly, sadly we can only expect to see this figure rise further.”

How To Check A Tyre

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 tends to be found 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 all around for tears, punctures, bulges, and cracking that could compromise the tyre's integrity. Plus, of course, if there is any doubt that the tyre is fit for purpose have it checked by a mechanic.