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Tyre Safety Month 2017 - Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?

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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.

  • A shocking 35% of tyres are being driven at least 8psi below the vehicle manufacturers’ recommendation.
  • Air Pressure has a decisive influence on the way your vehicle accelerates, brakes and corners
  • Safe tyres with the correct air pressure can reduce the risks to you, your passengers and all road users

Facts & Figures

  • 3% more fuel used when pressure is 6 psi below recommended inflation
  • For every 10% a tyre is under-inflated. Its wear can increase by 10%
  • £600 million wasted yearly on fuel costs by British motorists driving with under-inflated tyres
  • 56.8% of car tyres in the UK are at least 4 psi below recommended pressures

* 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



Gates are offering a free tyre safety check which includes a tread depth check. Click here to find your nearest Gates dealership.

Good Practice

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.