A study conducted by TyreSafe* revealed Britain’s motorists could be spending up to £600 million on unnecessary fuel bills. Research** suggests as many as 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below recommended inflation pressures, increasing vehicles’ fuel consumption and the risk of being involved in an incident.
As a result, the question the tyre safety charity is posing to the country’s drivers during October’s forthcoming Tyre Safety Month is: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?
While the need to carry out regular tyre checks may seem obvious, an alarming number of Britain’s motorists are replacing their tyres only when they have already become illegal and dangerous. If they carried out tyre checks, this avoidable safety issue could be rectified.
Facts & Figures
* TyreSafe study using Department for Transport data 2016; Michelin's Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years); The Society of Manufacturers and Traders; and fuel at an average cost of £1.21 per litre.
** Michelin's Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years)
*** Maxxis International UK PLC
Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a month or before any long journeys. The correct pressure settings for your car can be found inside the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver's door sill. Remember that the recommended tyre pressures apply when they are cold, so check the pressure before you start your journey. And if you are planning a journey with a full load don’t forget that your tyre pressures should be increased in line with the recommendation in the handbook.