By Oliver Hall
Trading standards officers have been testing tyres pressure gauges at petrol stations to check their reliability and accuracy.
The survey was carried out to ensure that motorists, who rely on the gauges being correct when they check their bike, van or car tyres, are not put at risk by faulty or inaccurate equipment.
Out of 39 retailers checked by the Worcestershire County Council team, only one fell below the tolerance level required and measures have been taken to resolve the problem.
Tyres manufacturers estimate that 75 per cent of accidents caused by “blowouts” are due to incorrect tyre pressure.
They also assert that under-inflated tyres can contribute to accidents, increased wear and fuel consumption, as well as having an effect on vehicle handling, steering, braking and grip.
Simon Wilkes, the county council’s trading standards operations manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to report these results so that drivers can be confident that the tyre pressure gauges they are using are giving accurate results.
“Drivers are advised to test tyre pressures every two weeks and make appropriate adjustments when transporting heavy loads. The correct pressures will be listed in vehicle handbooks.
“We will be expanding this work to look at tyre pressure gauges sold to the public.
“Any residents who want their own gauges checked are reminded that the Trading Standards team offer a calibration service free of charge.”