Under-Inflated Tyres Contributing To Car Accidents, Figures Reveal

Being a responsible car owner isn’t just a matter of following the Highway Code whenever you take to the road. You also need to make sure that your vehicle is maintained to a certain standard and is always roadworthy whenever you take it out.

New figures from the Department for Transport show that out of the 1,066 accidents attributed entirely to car defects last year, 446 of these were down to under-inflated, defective or illegal tyres, the Sun reports. This was followed by faulty brakes, which were responsible for 365 car accidents.

To help tackle this issue, make sure you know what the recommended pressure is for your tyre. You can find this in your handbook or on the inside of the car near the driver’s door. Investing in your own pressure gauge could also be useful and they’re cheap so you have no excuses there.

Check the PSI requirement and if the reading is below this, slowly add air the next time you visit the garage and the air pump. If you over-inflate, simply press on the needle inside the valve to let some air out. Always make sure that your tyres are even in terms of air pressure and that you put the valve caps back on.

Neil Worth, GEM Motoring Assist road safety officer, was quoted by the news source as saying: “We suggest a check at least every month, as well as before any long journey. By doing so, you’ll be giving all the safety systems on your vehicle the best chance of working to their maximum potential, you’ll help ensure your tyres last longer and you’ll be ensuring your running costs don’t increase unnecessarily.”

Other ways to stay safe on the road include doing regular oil checks, monitoring other fluid levels, having regular services and not exceeding the speed limit.

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