Given that a tyre is the point of contact between a vehicle and the road, surprising statistics show that these crucial components are often neglected, resulting not only in high costs but compromising safety as well. In light of this, here are a few important statistics that every motorist should be aware of.
Unsafe Tyres Are Costly
Safety is obviously the most important factor when it comes to tyres but it is also important to be aware that driving on unsafe tyres could be financially costly too.
You can get up to three points added to your license for each unsafe tyre found to be in use and fines of up to £2,500 for each unsafe tyre so it is certainly something that needs to be taken seriously.
More Fuel is Consumed When Not Topped Up
Automobiles are becoming much more fuel-efficient every year, but if you are driving on tyres which are 6 PSI below the recommended pressure then you will be using 3% more fuel which will add up to a significant amount of money over time. 56.8% of all vehicles in the UK use tyres that are at least 4 PSI below the recommended level so it is important to check on a regular basis.
1,075 Casualties Each Year
There is an annual average of 1,075 casualties from defective tyre-related accidents every year in the UK. This is a worrying statistic, especially when you consider that they could easily be avoided if people check their tyres at least once a month. This should include making sure that they are topped up to the recommended level, examining them for signs of damage and checking that the tread depth is above the legal limit – 1.6mm.
Common Reason for MOT Failure
Tyres are one of the most common reasons for MOT failure with as many as 2,200,000 MOT failures each year being due to tyre defects. Checking the tyres each month and replacing car tyres with the recommended and tested brands when buying new is important.
20% Below Recommended is Considered Dangerous
When a tyre is 20% below the recommended pressure it is considered dangerous and this is when it is not only unsafe to drive but could be costly (as outlined above). This is why you need to be aware of what the recommended pressure is and to check this at least once a month and always before a long trip.
Hopefully, these vehicle statistics will alert you to the importance of keeping your tyres well-maintained. In addition to keeping the car in good condition, it is also important for protecting yourself and other road users so it is hugely important to make sure that your tyres are always safe and in good condition.