TyreSafe Points Out Irresponsible Regions
New research conducted by safety organisation TyreSafe shows that drivers in East Anglia and the North West are among the most likely to be involved in a tyre related car accident. Nearly one in four drivers in these regions have never checked the depth of their tyre tread. TyreSafe's research was conducted in August 2009 among 1552 motorists across the UK and found drivers in Wales were found to be the most responsible. Here, 40 per cent claimed to have checked their tyre tread depth within the last month, the maximum period recommended between checks. This was closely followed by drivers in Scotland where nearly four in ten drivers performed checks.
“Although drivers in East Anglia and the North West showed the greatest levels of neglect with regard to tyre safety, our survey revealed a shocking number of drivers right across the country are failing to take adequate steps which could stop them from being involved in a car accident,” explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Stopping distances in the wet are significantly increased if tyres do not have sufficient tread depth. Without regularly checking tread depth, the only time these drivers realise they are lacking grip may be as they are skidding out of control towards another vehicle.”
TyreSafe’s research also found that of those drivers who do check their tread depth, many were simply using guesswork to see if they were safe and legal. More than one in five drivers stated that they just looked at tyres generally rather than using a tread depth gauge, taking the car to a garage or tyre dealer, or any other recommended method.