The Daily Telegraph’s excellent motoring agony aunt Honest John is gathering support for his campaign against speed bumps.
A reader wrote last week about he was suffering blowouts with this tyres and he was concerned the twice-occurring problem stemmed from the large number of speed bumps near his home.
Honest John replied: “It’s highly likely. All drivers need to inspect the inner shoulders of their tyres for this sort of damage daily. At least 46 people were killed by tyre failures in 2007, many of which were caused by inner shoulder damage inflicted by speed cushions, and, since the number of speed cushions has risen hugely since 2007, it’s logical that the number of deaths caused by them must have also increased. I am trying to set up a proper test to establish how many speed cushions a car has to straddle before serious damage occurs to the inner shoulders of its tyres. Always drive over speed cushions one wheel over, one wheel on the road. Eventually this will break springs, but that is better than blowouts.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team