A quarter of the cars on UK roads have at least one tyre that is dangerously under-inflated, according to detailed new research.
Tyre pressure monitoring expert WheelRight has been offering motorists visiting Keele Services on the southbound M6 a free tyre pressure check since March and discovered that 25 per cent were found to have under-inflated tyres.
John Catling, CEO of Wheelright, said: “We’ve been offering a free pressure check to motorists and HGV drivers using our drive-over tyre pressure system at Keele Services on one of Britain’s busiest stretches of road – the M6.
“We have taken thousands of tyre pressure readings and have collated some pretty shocking statistics which reveal the true extent of our tyre neglect. Every year, the UK sees approximately 25 deaths and nearly 1,500 serious accidents attributed to poorly inflated or defective tyres. We believe lack of awareness on the impact tyre pressure can have on road safety is putting drivers at risk.”
Catling added: “The lowest tyre pressure reading we’ve taken for a motorist on our system was a very low, and very dangerous, score of just six psi (pounds per square inch), when it should have been closer to 30 psi to be safe. An accident waiting to happen!”
The starting statistics follow a study by TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, which found that up to 10 million cars on Britain’s roads have illegal levels of tread depth.
Every year, the UK sees approximately 25 deaths and nearly 1,500 serious accidents attributed to poorly inflated or defective tyres.
However, Wheelright claim that there is a simple solution on hand to solve the problem for drivers using Keele Services: “We’ve seen first-hand that motorists are keen to learn more about what action they can take to keep their vehicles and themselves safe,” Catling continued.
“If a motorist using our system receives identifies a low pressure reading, our on-site support team at Keele Services will direct drivers to the air machines located a few metres away and provide advice on how to inflate tyres correctly and to what level. We believe that regular tyre pressure checks offer significant cost and safety benefits to all drivers – not to mention, peace of mind.”
Following the success of the Keele project, which was originally scheduled to finish in June, it has been extended at least until Christmas. The service is free to both motorists and HGV drivers.
Denna Bowman, Head Office