TyreSafe asks: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?
TyreSafe has started the 2017 Tyre Safety Month with a question: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day? The organisation is taking on the rampant underinflation of tyres in the UK; its figures show that more than half the tyres on Britain’s cars and vans are being driven at lower pressure than required.
This increases their chances of being involved in a tyre-related incident on the roads, as the vehicle becomes more difficult to control as the amount of tyre in contact with the road can be halved, compromising grip and leading to increased braking distances, especially in the wet.
Driving with underinflated tyres also runs up unnecessary bills, TyreSafe continues. A tyre can wear 10 per cent more quickly if it is 10 per cent below the manufacturer’s recommended settings and the extra effort needed to turn the wheels means the vehicle burns use more fuel. TyreSafe research shows that potentially an extra £600 million is being spent on fuel bills by drivers because their tyres are underinflated. It’s also adding to the amount of CO2 the vehicle burns.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Keeping tyres properly inflated is easy to do, keeps drivers and other road users safe, and saves money. It’s a win-win situation so it’s remarkable how many motorists don’t ensure the pressures are correct for the vehicle and the load it is carrying. Tyre Safety Month is the ideal time to start the routine of ensuring every driving day is a good air day.”
TyreSafe advocates that drivers should check their air pressures at least once a month and before long journeys. It adds that the spare tyre should be checked at the same time, making sure the tread depth is above the minimum limit of 1.6mm and in roadworthy condition without cuts bumps or bulges.
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