By Katherine Clarkson
Continental has launched a website to educate UK drivers on how to perform simple checks on their car tyres after its research revealed that up to 3.5 million motorists in the UK are driving on illegal tyres.
The German tyres manufacturer, which surveyed 4,000 road users, claims that one in 10 drivers are running on tyres below the legal minimum tread depth.
Its study also revealed that one in four vehicle owners claim to have never check their car tyres and a third admitted not knowing how to check tread depth of tyre pressure.
The survey was commissioned to coincide with the launch of the new website, www.3minmax.com, which also gives other useful tips on basic safety and car maintenance.
The website announces: ‘It only takes 3 minutes to do a quick safety check on your tyres every 2 weeks. This will help to keep you safe, prolong the life of your tyres and help save on fuel.’
Tim Bailey, head of safety for Continental, said: ‘One in five drivers polled have suffered a blow-out and three-quarters of us understand that low tyre tread depth causes accidents in wet weather, yet we still do not recognise the risks we take by not checking and replacing tyres more regularly.
‘People just don’t think about it enough or they don’t know what to look for.’
Mr Bailey added: ‘Not only with it keep you legal and safe, but motoring costs are reduced if tyres are maintained and properly inflated. In addition, properly maintained tyres will significantly enhance car handling.’