Every October, the tyre industry come together to raise awareness around the dangers of defective and worn tyres for Tyre Safety Month – in association with Tyre Safe. Why October? Because typically (although we’ve had a pretty good run this year), it’s the wettest month of the year.
2016 marks the 10th anniversary for Tyre Safety Month, and that’s why they’re going back to basics with this year’s campaign. Don’t Chance It, Check It – a simple and clear message about the importance of regularly checking your tyre tread.
Last year, in association with Highways England, Tyre Safe conducted a survey with 800+ garages in the UK. In total they examined over 340,000 tyres at the time of MoT and found that more than 1 in 4 tyres were illegal! That’s over a quarter of British motorists replacing their tyres when they are already illegal.
That’s some scary statistic. Especially if we take into consideration the number of vehicles on our roads, meaning there are potentially over 10 million tyres currently on Britain’s roads that will at some point be below the legal limit and ultimately dangerous.
Furthermore, research carried out by Highways England shows…
- Annually, 2.2 million vehicles fail their MoT for tyre related defects*
- Nearly 1000 people have been killed due to tyre related
- Where casualties arise from an accident caused by a vehicle defect, tyres are the single largest contributory factor over the last five reported years. Accounting for 36% of the total
- The estimated cost of tyre-related incidents to the economy over the last five years is £416 million, averaging £83.2 million annually
With defected tyres still accounting for a large percentage of MoT failures and casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents at an overwhelming high, it’s a large cause for concern. Especially when it can be avoided by performing a quick and simple tyre check at home.
Therefore, make sure you Don’t Chance It, Check It.
*DVSA 2012 to 2014.