Features - UK one of the worst tyre safety offenders

UK one of the worst tyre safety offenders

Features Published the 27/01/2010

36 per cent of drivers in the UK are driving with very dangerously under-inflated tyres. Michelin's 2009 Fill Up With Air campaign, conducted the study. In its sixth year, Fill Up With Air visited 24 cities this summer, including Dundee, Manchester and Birmingham.

More than 4,500 car tyres were checked during the three-month campaign.

Only 34 per cent were found to have correctly inflated tyres, while an astounding 6 per cent were driving with punctures.

Michelin's head of communications, Peter Snelling, stated: "Tyres are the only contact between the car and the road. It's all too easy for drivers to take tyres for granted and not treat them with the utmost care and attention that they deserve. " Since 2008 the UK has been one of the worst offenders for tyre safety in Europe.

"We believe this downward trend could be partly due to the economic climate as drivers try to save money wherever they can. However, incorrectly inflated tyres, bald tyres and damaged tyres are dangerous and can lead to fatal crashes and lives must not be sacrificed for the sake of saving a few pounds."