Faulty Tyres Contribute to Over 1,200 Casualties a year: The Importance of Tyre Safety
You may not often think about them, but your tyres are one of the most important parts keeping your car on the road, and for this reason, if they do happen to go wrong, the consequences could be detrimental to your safety.
in a report from the National Transportation Safety Board following figures of tyre related accidents, injuries and fatalities over 5 years, the importance of healthy tyres is accentuated with shocking figures. The research conducted shows that on average, 33 people die every year in accidents which are caused due to defective tyres on vehicles. The results also show that a further 1,200 people are injured each year in tyre related crashes too, with an average of 219 of these people having been seriously injured.
What’s more, it has been suggested by insurance experts that figures relating to accidents caused by tyre faults may even be underestimated due to people failing to report accidents, for example when only one car is involved in an accident.
Perhaps the most shocking part in these figures is that motor vehicle experts have claimed that most of these deaths and injuries could have been avoided simply by checking and maintaining tyres as required.
So, what needs to be done to maintain your tyres?
One of the main duties for drivers is to check their tyre pressure on a regular basis. Figures show that a vehicle with tyres which are underinflated by at least 25% are three times more likely to be involved in an accident, and this figure increases when it is combined with bad weather or other taxing driving conditions. In order to check that your tyre inflation is correct, check the vehicle handbook, or the inside of the door jamb and visit your nearest petrol station to check and use the air pump.
It is also important to ensure that the tyres on your vehicle are in good condition, without any damage. If your tyre has bulges or tears on it or even a slow puncture, this can mean that it is likely to deflate or even blow whilst you’re on the road. Make sure to be aware when driving; if you hit a kerb or pothole on the road, stop when it is safe to do so and walk round your car afterwards, checking the tyres for any damage. If you do see any damage, it is important to get the tyre replaced as soon as possible, and do not drive the vehicle until you are sure it is safe to.
The tread of your tyres is also a consideration for maintaining a safe vehicle on the roads and can be worn down simply when they have been used for too long. This may seem like a very slight issue, but in fact, it can be detrimental to the safety of your car. Worn out tyres can mean that the vehicle is more likely to skid in wet conditions, has a lesser grip on the road, are prone to blowouts and air leakage and can even lead to excess heat build-up from friction. For these reasons, it is highly important to check your tread death regularly. By law, the minimum depth should be 1.6mm.
Nobody likes to be told that their driving is bad, but it is possible that bad driving habits may be wearing your tyres down. Make sure that you get rid of any bad driving habits that are damaging your car to ensure a longer life for your tyres. It is important to be aware of any strange noises, smells and feelings when you are driving. From time to time, turn down the radio and just focus on your car.
If you would like more advice on maintaining your tyres for the road, contact us at In Town Automotive; we will be able to give you our professional advice and can get you on the right track for ensuring overall car safety.