Car insurance: Motorists warned against replacing run-flats with standard tyres

Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Motorists have been warned they could be compromising their own safety if they replace the run-flat tyres fitted to their vehicle with standard tyres.

With many drivers looking to reduce vehicle maintenance costs, some have been tempted to select tyres which do not incorporate the added run-flat technology and features, TyreSafe has reported.

However, by choosing standard tyres drivers risk significantly changing the handling characteristics of their vehicle - increasing their chances of being involved in an accident potentially resulting in a claim on car insurance.

"When replacing run-flat tyres, it's very important that drivers consult with the vehicle manufacturer if they are thinking about using non run-flat tyres," explained chair of TyreSafe Stuart Jackson.

He added that by switching to tyres that do not use run-flat technology, the handling of the car can be dramatically altered and it may become unsafe, particularly during extreme manoeuvres.

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

Posted by Noel Martin

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