By Alex Kapadia
One in every ten fatal traffic accidents in Spain is caused by poorly-maintained tyres, according to a disturbing new report.
Luis Montoro, president of the Spanish Road Safety Foundation (FESVIAL) revealed the tyres death toll during the public presentation of a study into the relation between tyres and safety.
He pointed out that worn were responsible for 62% of accidents deemed to be the result of “mechanical failure”.
This is the most frequent cause of accidents and Mr Montoro added that “when the accident is the result of poorly maintained tyres, the possibility of dying almost doubles”.
The study also showed that in 50% of accidents where worn tyres were to blame, the driver was under-35, showing that “young drivers show much less concern about maintenance2.
The study was published this week at an event organised by Michelin, who at the same time presented their summer campaign to check tyre wear.
Michelin Spain’s director of communication, Juan José Pedrayes, explained that between June 22nd and July 11th, approximately 2000 specialised garages would offer free tyre tread checks.
Aurora Cedenilla, assistant director of the Direccioón General de Tráfico, which has lent its support to the Michelin campaign, pointed out that only 25% of cars have the correct tyre pressure and explained the importance of checking pressure as well as wear.