The etyres tyre pressure checking day at Tesco in Milton was a great success – but revealed some worrying statistics.
Nearly 300 cars were checked on Saturday (31.1.09) and 19% – that’s almost one-in-five – were driving on tyres which were either damaged or below the legal tread depth of 1.6mm.
Concern over the poor condition of the tyres was heightened because within 48 hours much of Cambridge was covered in a blanket of snow and ice, which makes driving with unfit tyres even more hazardous.
The etyres fitters also discovered that an alarming 42% of the tyres checked were revealed to be under-inflated and needed to be adjusted, while 11% had more pressure than needed.
Katherine Clarkson, etyres National Accounts executive, said: ‘The quality and cleanliness of the cars that were driven into our checking bays was high.
‘From this we deduced that our free pressure check appealed to the more careful and prudent vehicle owners. The drivers of the less well-maintained cars were either too busy or didn’t care about the condition or the safety of their tyres.’
Generous motorists also helped raise £115.08 for The Marie Curie Cancer Care Fund, by making voluntary donations in return for the tyre pressure check.
Etyres were very pleased to collaborate with such an important partner as Tesco on this tyre safety project and similar events are being organised at its branches around the country.