The tyre industry must do more to educate new drivers, it has been claimed, following a survey which suggests a third have never checked their car’s tread depths.
FirstCar surveyed more than 1,000 drivers who have recently passed their driving theory or practical test on their attitudes towards tyre safety – in conjunction with Arval, ATS Euromaster and Michelin.
In total, 32% of respondents said they have never checked the tyre tread depths on the car they drive most regularly – with 42% of those saying they didn’t know how to.
A further 37% believed it was someone else’s job – while 18% claimed to be too busy.
It was a similar picture with regard to tyre pressure, with 29% of respondents confessing to having never checked this – because they didn’t know how to (45%), believed it was someone else’s job (33%) or didn’t have time (18%).
However, 55% of respondents said they check their tyre pressure at least once a month; while 82% recognised the minimum legal tread depth as being 1.6mm.
Tracey Fuller, UK head of CSR for Arval, said: “It’s encouraging to hear most new drivers knew the 1.6mm tread depth limit.
“But as an industry and a society as a whole we clearly need to do more to educate new drivers about who is responsible for tyre safety, when tyres should be checked and how to do it.”