A landmark new study by TyreSafe, Imperial College, London, and National Highways has revealed that more than half of tyres replaced in the UK have illegal or borderline tread depth. The tyre safety charity said the eye-opening data underscores the urgent need for increased awareness and action. TyreSafe published the report on tyre maintenance and safety practices among motorists, which is available to download now, ahead of the country’s Road Safety Week.
The NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey was conducted in September 2023 and asked franchised dealers questions about the on-going business relationship with their respective manufacturers. The survey attracted 2,531 responses from 32 franchised networks, equating to a joint record response rate of 68 per cent. The survey showed a general downward trend across most questions with 47 out of 55 questions showing a decline versus the winter edition. The results were published on Monday 9 October 2023. “NFDA’s Dealer Attitude Survey is a comprehensive analysis that delves into the perspectives, insights, and sentiments of the working relationship between franchised dealerships and their respective manufacturers across the UK. This is a landmark edition as we have welcomed our new data-analyst partners, Metryx, to reshape and redesign how the sector can interact and dissect the data, offering a fresh new look for easy access and analysis,” said Sue Robinson, chief executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial retailers across the UK.
More than half of dealers (55 per cent) expect 2024’s used car market to be better than this year’s, new research shows. September’s Startline Used Car Tracker shows that 45 per cent also believe there will be better stock supply and 43 per cent that demand for electric vehicles (EVs) will increase. However, just 25 per cent expect there to be an improvement in consumer confidence.
A new survey from Bloomberg Intelligence (BI) on auto-buying intentions finds that EU automakers’ battery-electric vehicle (BEV) growth goals look ambitious, with just 16 per cent of private buyers in Europe favouring them. 44 per cent opting for hybrids that play to BMW, Mercedes and Toyota’s strengths and disadvantage pure-play Tesla. Few charging points, range anxiety and high prices are the top concerns amongst respondents. The inaugural auto-buying questionnaire surveyed 1,500 adults planning to buy a car in the next 12 months in the five largest European markets of Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain – together these making up about 75 per cent of the region’s sales.
According to a survey commissioned by Apollo Tyres, almost two-thirds of electric vehicle (EV) owners in the UK would prefer to purchase replacement tyres that have been developed specifically for use on this type of vehicle. A poll of 1,000 motorists showed that 64 per cent of EV drivers said they would favour EV-specific replacement tyres, compared to just one per cent who say they would be unlikely to choose these.
A survey commissioned by Apollo Tyres has found that a clear majority of European motorists would not attempt to deal with a tyre puncture at the roadside themselves. Just 46 per cent say they would use the car’s supplied spare tyre or inflation kit, compared to 32 per cent that say they would instead call on a vehicle breakdown service for assistance, and 16 per cent who would seek help from a family member, friend or colleague.
A recent survey of London motorists commissioned by Europcar Mobility Group UK will bring some cheer to the London Mayor. With less than two months until the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) expansion comes into force, 61 per cent of motorists said they drive compliant vehicles.
Goodyear’s recent Sustainable Reality Survey has shown that UK fleets are more focused on sustainability than their European counterparts, with higher-than-average knowledge and application of sustainable solutions, including fuel-efficient tyres. Goodyear surveyed more than 1,400 fleets from 33 countries, asking about their current efforts and targets for the future. It found that 93 per cent of UK fleets are committed to sustainability goals, compared to the European average of 83 per cent. The UK industry is also in a position of strength when it comes to investing in sustainable solutions, including fuel-efficient tyres, telematics and driver training. The full report on Goodyear’s survey is available from the manufacturer’s website.
Nearly half of UK motorists will make the switch to an electric vehicle in the next five years despite heightened concerns about charging point infrastructure and range anxiety, a survey commissioned by tyre manufacturer Bridgestone suggests. The survey of 2,000 UK car owners was conducted online by Research Without Barriers (RWB) between 23 February 2023 and 28 February 2023. 40 per cent said they would buy an EV by 2028, up 11 per cent from a similar result in a 2022 survey conducted by YouGov for Bridgestone (29 per cent),. 67 per cent raised fears about the availability of charging stations, a rise of 1 per cent versus 2022, while half of all respondents continue to have range anxiety, an increase of 21 per cent over the 2022 survey.
Anyone who abhors saving money or road safety should read no further, for Bridgestone is certain that “thousands of costly punctures on motorways across England can be prevented in a matter of minutes.” The key to achieving this speedy, safety-related saving is, according to a Bridgestone study, regularly inspecting commercial fleet yards for bolts, nails and screws.
A survey commissioned by Apollo Tyres has found that only six per cent of motorists in the UK are able to correctly identify a tyre’s load rating. Worse still, it turns out we’re only half as good at accomplishing this task as the Germans are. Thankfully, younger Brits give hope that this may change in future.
In the run-up to the launch of its first Vredestein tyre developed specifically for electric vehicles (EV), Apollo Tyres asked 1,000 motorists if they were aware that such products even exist. The response wasn’t encouraging, with the results suggesting that 82 per cent of UK motorists are unaware it is possible to purchase specifically-developed EV tyres.
“It is disappointing to see that motorcycle and scooter dealers’ average satisfaction levels with their respective manufacturers have fallen across the board”, said Stephen Latham, interim head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) commenting on the results of the latest, recently-published NMDA Spring 2022 Dealer Attitude Survey (DAS).
Goodyear has published the results of its first Sustainable Reality Survey, an investigation into what actions truck fleets and transport companies are taking to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as the sustainability plans they have in place and the obstacles still standing in their way. The tyre maker says the results proved encouraging.
This year, Goodyear asked fleet operators in Europe for their views on issues related to sustainability and what they’re doing to reduce carbon footprint. A total of 985 fleets from 36 European countries responded during August and September 2021, and the results of this 2021 Goodyear Sustainable Reality Survey are now out and available from Goodyear upon request. Responses suggest that sustainability has a significant prominence for operators in the transportation industry.