Did you know that October is tyre safety month for 2016?
Well, you’r not the only one who didn’t know.
Held annually by the Tyre Safe organisation, getting bigger and better every year and is an ideal opportunity for organisations to get involved in talking about the importance of correct tyre care and maintenance.
This years campaign has already surveyed over 340,000 tyres by 800 retailers across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales confirming the findings of the first phase, that more than one-in-four British motorists are replacing their tyres when they were already illegal. Also numerous tyres have been highlighted to be over or under inflated and many more with serious sidewall damage that could result in catastrophic failure, leading to potential traffic accidents.
This years campaign phrase is “Don’t Chance it Check it”
The organisation has teamed up with nationwide retailers to offer free tyre safety checks on all makes and brands, so all you need to do is check out their website to find a centre near you.
Facts & figures
TyreSafe’s survey found that more than 27% of people replaced their tyres when they were already illegal, that could mean over 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres on Britain’s roads in 2016.
The total number of casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents over last five reported years* is 5,677 of which 989 people were killed or seriously injured, annually averaging 1135 and 198 respectively
Where casualties arise from an accident caused by a vehicle defect, tyres are the single largest contributory factor over the last five reported years*, accounting for 36% of the total
The estimated cost of tyre-related incidents to the economy over the last five reported years* is £416 million, averaging £83.2 million annually
Annually, 2.2 million cars fail the MoT due to tyre-related defects**
TyreSafe’s survey in partnership with Highways England revealed potentially up to 10 million, or more than one-in-four cars and vans on Britain’s roads, was driven with an illegal and dangerous tyre in 2016***
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*DfT five years to 2014
**DVSA 2012 to 2014
***Phase one and two of the TyreSafe survey in partnership with Highways England
Image and text credits; tyresafe.org