Article By Essex Ford
Tyre Safety Month 2017

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Tyre Safety Month – October 2017

We are supporting this years Tyre Safety Month campaign with a FREE tyre check to ensure they are all safe a ready for the winter months ahead.

TyreSafe* conducted a study which revealed Britain’s motorists could be spending up to £600 million on unnecessary fuel bills. Research** suggests as many as 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below recommended inflation pressures, increasing vehicles’ fuel consumption and the risk of being involved in an incident.

While the need to carry out regular tyre checks may seem obvious an alarming number of Britain’s motorists are replacing their tyres only when they have already become illegal and dangerous. If they carried out tyre checks, this avoidable safety issue could be rectified.

  • A shocking 35% of tyres are being driven at least 8psi below the vehicle manufacturers’ recommendation.
  • Air Pressure has a decisive influence on the way your vehicle accelerates, brakes and corners
  • Safe tyres with the correct air pressure can reduce the risks to you, your passengers and all road users

Facts & figures

  • 3% more fuel used when pressure is 6 psi below recommended inflation
  • For every 10% a tyre is under-inflated. Its wear can increase by 10%
  • £600 million wasted yearly on fuel costs by British motorists driving with under-inflated tyres
  • 56.8% of car tyres in the UK are at least 4 psi below recommended pressures

Contact Essex Auto Group to book your FREE Tyre Health Check or visit your local dealership today!



What Can You Do?

Improving your safety in the wet and reducing your aquaplaning risk is simple. You just need to check your tyres' tread depth regularly and replace your tyres when they are becoming worn.

The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Driving on tyres which are below this limit is not only dangerous, but illegal, and you could face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each tyre!

To see if your tyres have enough tread depth, you just need to take the 20p test. Simply take a 20p coin and place it in the main grooves of your tyre. If you can see the outer band of the 20p coin when it's placed in the tyre, then the tyre may be dangerous and illegal – it should then be inspected by a professional.

Contact Essex Auto Group today to book your FREE Tyre Health Check!

* TyreSafe study using Department for Transport data 2016; Michelin’s Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years); The Society of Manufacturers and Traders; and fuel at an average cost of £1.21 per litre
** Michelin’s Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years)
*** Maxxis International UK PLC