Young drivers are at a greater risk of being involved in a tyre related incident through a lack of regular tyre maintenance, according to a new survey commissioned by TyreSafe and the insurer ingenie.
The survey revealed that more than a third of drivers aged 18-25 had never checked their tread depth, and two out of three had not checked their tread within the last month – the maximum period between checks as recommended by TyreSafe.
With regard to tyre pressures, a quarter of respondents confessed they had never checked their tyre pressures, with three out of five admitting they had not checked them in the last month.
The research also highlighted the need to better educate young drivers about the importance of proper tyre care, as almost half admitted they’d never been shown how to check the condition of their tyres.
More than half of those questioned also did not know that it was the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the car’s tyres are safe and legal and 85% were unaware that the maximum fine for driving on an illegal tyre was £2,500; and more than a third were unaware that a driver can receive three penalty points for driving on an illegal tyre.
To help counter this, TyreSafe and ingenie have produced a video starring Tyger Drew-Honey from the BBC’s Outnumbered series, who has recently passed his driving test. During the film two young drivers are quizzed on their tyre knowledge and shown the consequences of poor tyre care.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Regular basic tyre maintenance is a critical element of being a safe and responsible driver, yet these findings suggest that this message is being lost on young drivers.
“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, we can only expect to see this figure rise further.”
Richard King, founder and CEO of ingenie, said: “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.”
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