The UK has had huge success in reducing road casualty statistics despite a vast growth in traffic since the beginning of the last century. In 1930 there were 2.3 million motor vehicles in the UK, but over 7,000 people were killed in road crashes.
Obviously times were very different back then. Today vehicle numbers stand at over 34 million according to DVLA data and with half the number of reported accidents and deaths than back in the 1930’s. Advancements in vehicle safety, highways and better information have all played a key part in keeping road accidents to a minimum.
What does all this have to do with tyres?
The latest 2013 road casualty statistics released by the Department for Transport found that:
- 1,713 people were killed in road accidents reported to the police, the lowest number on record, and half as many as in 2000
- Out of the 968 casualties involved in accidents where illegal, defective or under inflated tyres were the main contributory factor, 18 were killed, 158 seriously injured and 792 slightly injured
Despite the number of road accidents falling year on year we can still attribute almost 1000 accidents to poorly maintained tyres. As the only contact your car has with the road these four small patches of rubber each one equivalent to a postcard are essential when it comes to keeping you safe and in control of your car.
So now you see why tyres are so important…
Having good and well maintained tyres are your guarantee for a safe and smooth drive. Poorly maintained tyres reduce the performance of your car, increase your stopping distance and raise the risk of skidding and potentially fatal consequences that follow. Furthermore underinflated or worn tyres increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. So if you want to be safe and save money in the long run, your tyres are a good place to start.
To find out how to maintain and get the best out of your tyres take a look at the latest blog from our good friends at Michelin.