Tyre Safety Month (October) - Britain’s motorists could be spending £600 million on unnecessary fuel


A study conducted by TyreSafe* and highlighted in its Tyre Safety Month campaign materials launched today have revealed Britain’s motorists could be spending up to £600 million on unnecessary fuel bills. Why? Because 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.

As a result, the question the tyre safety charity is posing to the country’s drivers during October’s forthcoming Tyre Safety Month is: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?

Chances are that most motorists are having a bad air day without even knowing it, especially as a shocking 35% of tyres are being driven at least 8psi below the vehicle manufacturers’ recommendation. At this level of underinflation, tyres are not only more vulnerable to damage and wear more quickly but they also make the vehicle more difficult to control.

In fact, when pressures are 7psi below the recommended setting, they can reduce greatly the amount of tyre in contact with the road. That can be especially dangerous in the wet as the chances of aquaplaning are significantly increased.

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