By Oliver Hall
Half term school holidays are round the corner and as kids thoughts turn to day trips, parents should turn their attention to checking the car tyres.
Vehicles running with bald or incorrect tyres pressure are putting passengers at risk, especially in light of the appalling weather conditions which have been sweeping the UK.
Tony Bowman, managing director of etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres fitting company, said: ‘People simply don’t recognise the danger they are in if they drive on under-inflated tyres, especially when the road conditions are hazardous.
‘If you care for your kids, remember this – tyres lose pressure naturally over time, like a balloon, affecting both the handling and stopping distance of the car.’
He added: ‘In wet weather, stopping distances are twice that for dry – even more for badly maintained roads – yet few drivers allow for the changed circumstances.’
Etyres, which offers a mobile fitting service with prices up to 40% cheaper than leading tyres depots, recommends checking tyre pressures every two weeks. Tyre pressures vary for each car, so owners must check the vehicle handbook for the right information.
Correct tyre pressure will result in responsive braking, safer acceleration, sharper steering and longer tyre life. It also reduces CO2 emissions and increases fuel economy.