Under the headline ‘Tread wisely over your worn-out tyres’, motoring expert Quentin Willson has been warning readers of his Sunday Mirror column that worn tyres cost lives.
“Why are we so ignorant about tyres” he wrote last weekend. “Nearly half the motoring population admits to never checking them and very few know you could lose your licence over it – it’s three points and a maximum fine of £2,500 for each one. In 2013, there were 900 casualties and 18 deaths due to defective or worn rubber. That’s just unacceptable.
“This week I filmed a demo by TyreSafe for Good Morning Britain about the difference in stopping distances for two cars – one with safe tyres and the other with worn tyres ones.
“Under emergency braking it took the worn tyres three car lengths further to stop from 50mph, which would have caused carnage on a motorway and very likely an unsurvivable impact. There’s no excuse. You can check your tyre tread depth with a 20p coin, there’s tons of info on the web and loads of places will check tyres for free.
“Eighteen preventable deaths is the shocking impact of our ignorance, so get your tyres checked.”
Whenever we fit new tyres for our customers we are always more than happy to spend a couple of minutes checking out the rest of the tyres on their vehicle or on their other cars to check that they still have plenty of tread.
In the past, Willson has sung etyres praises to readers of his Sunday Mirror motoring column, because our mobile fitting service offers cheaper tyres without compromising on quality.
He once wrote: “They can offer such huge savings because they don’t have the overheads of the big boys.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office