Don't Get Caught Out By Tyre Neglect

Date Posted: 02/04/2019 10:38:57

45% of motorists fail to check their tyre pressure reveals Venson

A Venson Automotive Solutions survey of motorists has revealed that as many 45% do not conduct regular pressure checks of their tyres. The findings highlight the need for motorists to better understand the impact poorly maintained tyres have on fuel efficiency and running costs, as well as their safety and that of their passengers and other road users.

“It’s easy to underestimate how important tyre maintenance is, but every car owner should ensure their tyres are regularly and properly checked, including pressure, tread depth and damage” explains Gil Kelly, Operations Director of Venson Automotive Solutions.

“Drivers are at risk if they rely on their annual M.O.T test or even a service. Tyres should be inspected weekly, or at the very least, once a month to ensure they are of a safe, legal limit. The legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre and drivers could face a hefty fine or even points on their licence if they go below this.”

A simple way for motorists to check a tyre tread is to use a 20 pence piece, insert it into the tread of the tyre, and if they can no longer see the outer ring of the coin, then their tyres are of a safe limit. If they can see the outer border it’s time to make an appointment with a tyre centre to get them professionally checked and changed if needed. A professional tyre fitter can help motorists choose the right tyres to match their driving style and the conditions they drive in.

Concludes Gil Kelly; “It’s always important to ensure the correct tyres are appropriate for the type of vehicle and its use. For instance, if a vehicle has been fitted with a standard road tyre and it is being used a lot in off-road conditions, the tyres wouldn’t withstand the wear and tear as much as a more durable product.  With a little know-how, drivers can very easily reduce their motoring costs and importantly, avoid unnecessary risks while on the road.”



  • Carry out a tyre pressure check at least once per month, prior to all trips and when the vehicle’s usual load varies.
  • Tyre tread depth must be above the legal minimum of 1.6mm. Use a 20 pence piece to measure the depth, if you can see the outer rim the tyre may need changing
  • Find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle in the manual, on the inside ledge of the driver door and inside the fuel cap.
  • Know the weight of your load as this will affect the tyre pressure needed.
  • Tyres must be cold when carrying out a check.
  • During a pressure check, also check the tread and do a visual check for bulges and splits.
  • Check pressure more frequently in the summer, as it decreases more rapidly in warmer weather.
  • Worn or damaged tyres can affect the safety and handling of a vehicle. If they don’t meet the legal requirements, motorists could face a fine and penalty points on their licence.




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