e-tailer: Longer Service Intervals Can Lead to Safety Issues
Motorists are reportedly spending less time in garages than they have before because of longer periods between services. This could all mean dangerous tyres are not getting spotted.
Online tyre retailer, Rubberball.co.uk, has warned service routines are now stretching to 20,000 miles or longer, tyres are not being checked for as much as 10 years.
Sondra Pritchard, director of Rubberball, says: “Many motorists don’t bother to check their tyres, so they are more likely to wear to the point where they become illegal and potentially unsafe.
“The big problem is that generations of motorists have been brought up driving vehicles that, even 10 years ago, often had short 6,000 mile service intervals. Consequently, many didn’t learn to undertake standard checks on wear items such as tyres. In the past, this was less of problem because the cars regularly visited the garage for maintenance checks and dangerous tyres would normally be spotted there.
“Service intervals have in some cases, trebled, many of those same motorists are still not checking their tyres regularly but this is a much bigger potential problem because the car may only visit a garage once a year or even less,” Sondra Pritchard explained.
Part of the answer, Pritchard believes, is an awareness programme to explain to motorists the need to check their tyres regularly. “Ideally, tyres should be checked every week for wear and damage. In our recent survey we revealed how one in 10 drivers in the UK had a least one tyre that had little tread left, rendering it illegal.”