40% of accidents that were attributed to car faults in 2013 have been attributed to the fact that the car involved had under inflated tyres. Tyres that have not been inflated to the appropriate pressure are more difficult to handle and steer, do not have the same stopping distance, and can make it much more difficult to control the vehicle itself. According to figures obtained by TyreSafe, to coincide with the October Tyre Safety Month, this was the cause of 40% of accidents where the car fault was considered to be the primary reason behind the accident.
Car fault accidents are those accidents where a problem, a fault, or a failure with a vehicle was the main reason that the accident occurred. While some of the faults may not be the fault of the driver, and may be undetectable except when the car is being serviced, problems such as under inflated tyres can be checked and remedied before making journeys.
Drivers are advised to check oil levels, check that tyre pressures are at an appropriate level, and ensure that tyre treads are above the legal minimum. Although the legal minimum for tyre treads is 1.6mm, many garages will advise that the tyres be changed when the tread reaches 3mm in depth in order to ensure continued grip and stability while being driven.
October Tyre Safety Month runs throughout October, and has been established to try and inform drivers of how to keep their tyres in good condition, so that they can enjoy trouble free and accident free motoring. Thousands of garages and showrooms are offering complimentary tyre checks throughout the month, and they will check the pressure and the tread depth of every tyre for those cars that are brought in.
TyreSafe Chairman Stuart Jackson highlighted the dangers of driving a car that had tyres with low tread levels, saying that stopping distances could be severely diminished, and with October traditionally being the wettest month, the problem was further exacerbated by the wet driving conditions. He also said that many drivers are unaware of what is considered an acceptable and safe tyre tread.