Car insurance holders warned of cost of misaligned wheels

Tuesday, 01 February 2011

Car insurance policyholders around the UK could pay a high price for having misaligned wheels.

According to Micheldever/Protyre, tyre misalignment could cost motor insurance holders up to £100 million.

This is because misaligned tyres increase fuel consumption and energy use by around 3.5 per cent.

Motorists could save money by ensuring the tyres on their vehicle are aligned, the independent wholesaler suggested.

Car insurance holders are more likely to be affected by wheel misalignment because there has been yet another harsh winter, which will mean there are more potholes on the roads.

Micheldever/Protyre's retail director Simon Hiorns said: "UK roads and repairs have not recovered totally from the snow and freezing winter weather of 2009-10 let alone the recent bout of ultra-low temperatures and snow."

"Potholes pose a very real safety threat to road users as well as costs for replacing tyres and possible wheels as well as suspension components," he added.

Recently, the Institute of Advanced Motorists warned drivers to be aware of increasing numbers of potholes on the roads following the cold snap.

Posted by Noel Martin

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