A road safety survey was recently commissioned by UK’s leading safety institute – TyreSafe and young motorists’ car insurer ingenie. The study revealed that young motorists today are extremely prone to tyre related accidents due to lack of timely tyre checks.
The Survey – Appalling Results
About one-third of drivers in the age group of 18 to 25 were found to have never checked their tyres’ tread depth. Around two-thirds had not checked the same in the entire month prior to the survey; this being the maximum duration recommended between two checks.
Another worrisome picture concerning tyre pressures surfaced; 25% confessed never ever checking tyre pressure, while 60% admitted not checking the same in the last one month.
The survey highlighted that there’s an urgent need to educate young motorists better about the significance of right tyre care, as around 50% admitted to never being shown the process of checking tyre condition. More than 50% of the questioned youngsters were unaware that fitting safe and legal tyres is a driver’s responsibility. And a whopping 85% didn’t know that riding on illegal tyres could cost them a maximum fine of £2,500.
More than 33% confessed being unaware that up to three penalty points are given for illegal tyres, and that a new drivers’ license could get revoked with six points in a span of two years. Hence, young drivers must be made aware of serious consequences of fitting such tyres.
TyreSafe Insists on Staying Tyre Safe
Stuart Jackson, Chairman, TyreSafe comments that regular, basic tyre checking is critical to road safety. The survey findings suggest that such a simple message has failed to reach young motorists effectively. He added that there was a rise in tyre-related road accidents in 2012, and that if young drivers do not receive timely education, this figure can be expected to only rise further.
Richard King, ingenieâ’s founder and CEO said that in the wake of the survey results, it is imperative to make efforts to impart right knowledge to young drivers. Ingenieâ works towards encouraging young people pay lower insurance amounts by urging them to drive safely. He adds that launching a pertinent video in association with TyreSafe is a part of their effort to stay committed towards young driver safety.
Checking tread depth and tyre air pressure are a must for safe driving as these factors ensure that the vehicle brakes, corners, handles and accelerates optimally. These factors are even more important in colder weather as driving tends to become more hazardous in worse weather. However, TyreSafe advocates regular monthly checks that aid minimising safety risks and take just few minutes to finish.
TyreSafe, in partnership with ingenie, has released a new video featuring BBC Outnumbered performer, and an ingenie video blogger and young motorist Tyger Drew-Honey. This video aims at helping young motorists understand the potential outcomes of insufficient tyre care and the correct way of checking tyres.
The short movie can be watched at the TyreSafe Young Drivers page on TyreSafe’s website.