Research by TyreSafe reveals the UK’s motorists are wasting between £600million and £1billion on unnecessary fuel bills by driving with underinflated tyres*.
A staggering 57% of vehicles on Britain’s roads** are being driven with underinflated tyres, which causes the engine to use more fuel as it must work harder to turn the wheels. The vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure settings ensure fuel consumption and the tyre’s performance are optimal, so even a difference of just 4psi has a negative impact. The more underinflated a tyre is, the more fuel the vehicle will use.
Underinflation will also cause tyres to wear more quickly, making it necessary to replace them more often.
Not only does driving with underinflated tyres hurt your wallet but it also increases the risk of being involved in a tyre-related incident. Using the correct pressure settings ensures braking and cornering performance is optimal, so driving with underinflated tyres will make the vehicle less enjoyable to drive and, more importantly, more difficult to control.
There are no benefits to driving with underinflated tyres yet there are significant issues. Tyre Safety Month every October seeks to raise awareness of the pitfalls of underinflated tyres. This year’s campaign asks a direct question of Britain’s motorists about carrying out regular tyre safety checks – What’s Stopping You?
Correct tyre pressures are shown on a sticker in your car’s door shut, filler cap or in the owner’s manual. Use an accurate pressure gauge to ensure they are right for the load as part of your pre-journey planning and always check your tyre pressures when the tyre is cold. TyreSafe recommends that drivers perform checks on their tyres once a month and before long journeys.
More information can be found at tyresafe.org
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chair, said: “The number of drivers still neglecting to check their tyres is startling, and Tyre Safety Month is another opportunity to drive home the message of the potential stakes involved in tyre safety, particularly ahead of more adverse road conditions during the winter months. Whether it’s yourself, loved ones travelling with you or other road users, checking your tyres once a month could truly save lives and money.
“Tyre safety checks – What’s Stopping You?”
Those wishing to support this year’s campaigns will find a range of assets under the ‘For supporters’ section of tyresafe.org. Materials will include videos and images to be used on social media. Official TyreSafe supporters can access further assets, including customisable print-ready files, via the members’ area. To access this, supporters are asked to complete a registration form which [email protected] will approve. Then simply use the login details to download the materials, which can be customised with their organisation’s logo.