Britain’s motorists could be spending up to £600 million on unnecessary fuel bills, due to wrongly inflated tyres, according to a study carried out by TyreSafe.
As many as 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below recommended inflation pressures, increasing vehicles fuel consumption and the risk of being involved in an incident.
As a result, the question the tyre safety charity is posing to the country’s drivers during October’s forthcoming Tyre Safety Month is: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?
The likelihood is that the majority of motorists are having a “bad air day” without even knowing it, especially as a shocking 35% of tyres are being driven at least 8psi below the vehicle manufacturers recommendation. At this level of under-inflation, tyres are not only more vulnerable to damage and wear more quickly, but they also make the vehicle more difficult to control.
Alarmingly when tyre pressures are so much as 7psi below the recommended setting, they can halve the amount of tyre in contact with the road. That can be especially dangerous in wet conditions, because it increases the risk of aquaplaning.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, warned: “The sheer number of tyres being driven below recommended pressures demonstrates a concerning lack of appreciation among drivers of the risks and costs this brings with it. It’s the most common tyre defect and seemingly taken lightly but drivers should remember that it brings with it potentially serious consequences. Regular tyre checks can reduce your chances of an incident on the road and ensure you have a good air day every day.”
A vehicles tyre pressures can be found in a number of places and should be checked at least every month and especially ahead of long journeys. The pressures are likely to need adjustment when carrying a full load. Both settings can be found in the owner’s manual and often on the drivers side door jamb or in the fuel filler cap.
Denna Bowman, Head Office