Tyre Related Accident Figures Suffer Huge Rise
In stark contrast to a steady decline in recent years, the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre related accidents increased dramatically in 2011.
The alarming figures were released on the 27th September 2012 from the Department for Transport, just days ahead of October’s tyre safety month, reveal that 205 people were killed or seriously injured in an accident where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor.
“These latest figures are very disturbing, especially given that the number of casualties in all road accidents also rose for the first time in many years. It really does reinforce the need for drivers to regularly inspect their tyres to make sure they are safe and legal. October’s tyre safety month is the perfect opportunity to carry out some basic tyre checks and help put a stop to this needless loss of life,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.
As part of October’s campaign, hundreds of garages and tyre retailers across the UK will be offering free tyre safety checks. TyreSafe is also asking drivers to take a pledge via its Facebook page, to check their tread depth.
“We’re aware that in these ongoing tough economic times, some drivers are running their tyres longer than normal or perhaps switching to part worn tyres when they need replacing. But our message is clear. You can’t compromise or take chances with tyre safety. By trying to save a few pounds, you could actually pay a much higher price in the long-run. By spending just a few minutes each month to check the condition of your tyres, not only can it actually help you to save money, but more importantly it will help keep you safe during the treacherous winter months,” added Jackson.
Spokesman for Hometyre, Andy Lawrence also commented - "We've noted an alarming increase in the number of requests for part worn tyres over the last two years. While this is indicative of the issues within the economy at present, motorists are taking serious risks with their safety. Part worn tyres are almost always faulty and have been scrapped by their previous owners for safety reasons. With the winter months rapidly approaching, tyre safety is absolutely paramount"
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