By Denna Bowman
A staggering 71% of motorists are setting out on their summer holidays on under-inflated tyres, according to a survey carried out by a leading tyre manufacturer.
The poll by Bridgestone tyres, which covered 38,000 vehicles, also found that 12 per cent of tyres on the road are currently worn down below the legal minimum of 1.6 mm tread depth.
To keep this year’s summer ‘staycations’ full of fun and free of vehicle hassles Bridgestone has urged motorists to follow its safe driving tips.
* Ensure that your tread depth is of a legal standard – no less than 1.6mm. Visually check them for cuts, lumps and bulges and make sure your tyre pressure is at the level specified by the tyre manufacturer. Underinflated and overinflated tyres can spell disaster for your trip.
* It is recommended that caravan tyres are changed at least every five years. Even if they look okay, it’s important to replace them as they carry the weight of the caravan as well as its contents and so the risk of a blow out is high. Factor in the weight you’ll be taking and don’t overload. Tyre pressure should be adjusted according to the tyre manufacturer’s recommendations, including how much weight your car and caravan will be carrying.
* Make sure that you check not only all four tyres but also the tyre pressure of your spare tyre, as it may be used if you get a flat tyre or blowout during your travels.
* Keep to the speed limit and avoid cars acceleration and heavy braking
Andy Dingley, communications manager at Bridgestone, said: “The figures from the survey are startling, especially at this time of year when families are setting of on long journey with heavily loaded cars.
“Bridgestone is committed to encouraging safe driving and with so many people still choosing to take staycations, we want to help motorists ensure that they’ve completed the proper safety checks before beginning their journey.”