More than one in eight US vehicles has at least one bald tyre, according to a survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).
The organisation alluded to the fact that the recession and deferred maintenance has resulted in motorists not checking and replacing their tyres – and it appears to be a problem that is on the rise.
At 13%, this figure represents a worrying year-on-year increase of 10.4% which means there is a growing number of vehicles on US roads that may experience increased stopping distances.
And to make matters worse, a phone survey by the RMA also revealed that Further, a 2011 RMA phone survey of motorists found that 64% did not know how to check tyre tread depth, while nine per cent of respondents said they never check tyre tread depth.
Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, said: “Tyre care is critical to keeping your vehicle road-ready. Bald tyres are dangerous and may lead to loss of vehicle control, particularly on wet roads. Checking tyre tread is easy and inexpensive to do.”
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Denna Bowman, Head Office