By Alex Kapadia
Young drivers are risking death by using nitrous oxide to boost the performance of their cars by up to four times, warns the AA.
The nitro boosters inject huge power gains at low cost, but often the tyres and brakes cannot handle the extra power.
When the power exceeds the ability of the tyres, brakes, road-holding and built-in safety protection, accidents are inevitable.
The use of nitrous oxide systems is becoming an increasingly popular trend, with suppliers claiming it can provide four times the power of a turbo charger.
Yet statistics reveal that every year 500 car occupants between 16 and 24-years-old are killed in car crashes.
These crashes involve multiple deaths and a single car leaving the road, with inexperience being a major factor.
Artificially boosting the power of a car engine often pushes both the driver and the car beyond their limits.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “Inexperienced new drivers can not cope with a car that is modified to give three times as much power that they were designed to handle.
“Small cars, some boosted with three times more power, can not cope because it exceeds the ability of the brakes, tyres, road-holding and the in-built safety protection.
“If this becomes widespread, hundreds of lives could be put at risk by nitrous oxide modifications. The best place for these car modifications is on the race track rather than the public highway.”