By Denna Bowman
The majority of UK motorists are putting themselves at risk when they drive their cars, because they are not checking their tyres pressures regularly, it has been claimed.
Up to 80 per cent of cars on British roads have either over or under-inflated tyres, according to Schrader Electronics, a manufacturer of direct tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).
Alfonso Di Pasquale, of Schrader Electronics, suggested that car dealers need to explain to customers the safety benefits of TPMS.
He said: “The safety credentials for TPMS are well-known, accepted and supported by the European Union together with other independent research and safety organisations.”
And he added that up to three per cent of road accidents could be avoided if tyres were inflated to the correct levels.
Di Pasquale was responding to an article published by motoring magazine Auto Express which claimed that a number of car companies in the UK have voiced criticism of the European Union’s decision to make TPMS fully mandated by 2014.
The criticism focused on a suggestion that they are an unnecessary piece of technology and one for which some motorists have suggested that they would rather not pay, that car industry was “furious” and there was a “backlash” as a result.
Some of those quoted in the piece said drivers should take responsibility and check tyre pressures on weekly basis.