Car insurance: Third of UK motorists 'driving with dangerous tyres'

Friday, 13 November 2009

An alarming 36 per cent of car insurance customers in the UK are driving with dangerous or dodgy under-inflated tyres, according to new research.

Peter Snelling of Michelin warned that figures had shown the UK was one of the worst offenders for tyre safety in Europe.

Speaking at the launch of Michelin's Fill Up With Air campaign, Mr Snelling added that he believed the downward trend could be partly due to the economic climate as drivers try to save money on running a vehicle.

Yet properly inflated tyres can actually increase fuel efficiency by reducing the drag of the vehicle, according to Ring Automative.

Mr Snelling said that under-inflating tyres was a false economy in terms of safety and fuel costs.

"Incorrectly inflated tyres, bald tyres and damaged tyres are dangerous and can lead to fatal crashes and lives must not be sacrificed for the sake of saving a few pounds," he said.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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