By Denna Bowman
Michelin has named and shamed the ten worst places in the UK for driving with dangerously under-inflated and even punctured tyres.
The tyres manufacturer has compiled the list based on the findings from its 2009 Fill Up With Air campaign which has visited 24 cities around Britain.
Liverpool was found to be the worst offender with more than half of the cars checked being driven with dangerously under-inflated tyres.
While Enfield tops the list for cars being driven with punctured tyres – almost a quarter of vehicles checked.
More than 4,500 cars were checked during the three-month campaign, more than ever before, and it seems UK motorists are still unaware of how important it is to check tyres regularly.
The 10 worst offenders and the percentage of cars found with dangerously under-inflated* tyres:
• Liverpool – 51%
• Birmingham – 49%
• West Thurrock, – 48%
• Folkestone – 48%
• Gateshead – 43%
• Merry Hill, Dudley – 43%
• Queensferry, Clwyd – 42%
• Milton Keynes – 41%
• Enfield – 40%
• Chester – 39%
Shockingly, in five locations more than 10% of the cars checked were found to have punctured tyres:
• Enfield – 23%
• Oldham – 17%
• Guildford – 12%
• Liverpool – 12%
• West Thurrock, – 11%
Peter Snelling, head of communications for Michelin, said: “Despite the increase in people bringing their cars to have their tyres tested, the figures show that the majority are still not making regular checks, leading to cars on the road with unsafe tyres.
“This year’s campaign figures have, as we predicted, shown a slight deterioration from 2008 which even then positioned the UK as one of the worse offenders for tyre safety in Europe. We believe this downward trend could be partly due to the economic climate as drivers try to save money wherever they can.”
*Includes dangerously and very dangerously under-inflated tyres as below:
· Dangerous between: 8 – 14psi under-inflated
· Very dangerous: more than14psi under-inflated