By Oliver Hall
Vehicle owners must not be tempted to push their tyres to the limit to save money, according to a leading tyres manufacturer.
And motorists who are used to buying new cars instead of hanging on to their old vehicles and maintaining them, are also being warned to be aware tread depth on their tyres.
Paddy Murphy, of Continental Tyres Ireland, said: ‘It is clear that many motorists have opted to hold onto their cars for perhaps an extra year or two.
‘Doing the same with their tyres is a recipe for disaster,’ he told the Galway Advertiser.
‘During the winter months in particular, when roads are likely to be wet or icy, running below 3mm of tread depth leaves motorists open to a greater risk of aquaplaning and longer braking distances.’
Continental Tyres is especially concerned about those motorists who changed their cars every other year during the Celtic Tiger years of economic growth.
‘Those motorists are not necessarily in the habit of replacing worn or unroadworthy tyres,’ Mr Murphy said.
‘If they have only been doing low mileage, they may be unaware of the effects of low tread depth. There is a need to raise motorists’ awareness of the potential dangers they might face out on the road.
‘Tyres are a car’s only contact with the road and as such, we neglect them at our peril. We would strongly urge motorists not to risk ‘running on red’ with their tyres.’