Young drivers at greater risk of tyre-related failures

4th November 2013

Younger drivers in the UK are at a greater risk of being involved in a tyre-related accidents through the lack of regular tyre maintenance, according to a new survey.

The report published by TyreSafe and ingenie, the young driver insurer, revealed that more than a third of drivers aged 18-25 have never taken the time to check their tread depth.

The picture was not much better when it came to monitoring tyre pressures as a quarter of respondents confessed that they never check tyre pressures.

Three out of five admitted they have not checked the how well their tyres are inflated in the last month.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained that regular basic tyre maintenance is a critical element of being a responsible driver, but the latest findings indicate that this fact is escaping many young motorists.

“We saw an increase last year in the number of tyre-related road casualties and if we fail to take immediate action in educating young drivers about the need to look after their tyres properly, sadly we can only expect to see this figure rise further."

The organisation has called for improved education about the importance of a properly maintained car, particularly when it comes to tyres, as almost half of respondents to the survey said they had never been shown how to check the condition of their tyres.

More than half didn’t know that it was the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the tyres on their vehicle are safe and legal and 85 per cent were unaware that the maximum fine for driving on an illegal tyre was £2,500.

More than a third were also unaware that they could receive penalty points on their licence if caught driving on illegal tyres.

Richard King, founder and CEO of ingenie added: “With almost half of young drivers never having been shown how to check the condition of their tyres, it’s clear that we need to do more to ensure they have the right knowledge in this area."

Posted by Danielle Barge