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Do you check your tyres enough?
According to results from over 28,000 free tyre safety checks carried out by Bridgestone in 2012, a shocking “78% of vehicles were found to have underinflated tyres while over a quarter had tyres that were worn beyond the legal limit”, reports www.irishtrucker.com.
We’re all guilty of saying ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ but when you hear that “205 people were killed or seriously injured in accidents last year where illegal defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor”, (Figures from the Department of Transport 2012) the importance of regular tyre maintenance really hits home.
Bridgestone Tyres recommend that “pressures should be checked on a regular basis (every two weeks), or before embarking on a long journey”. Pressure isn’t the only check that should be carried out you should also be vigilant to tyre tread, balancing, pressure and alignment.
It’s no surprise that the Bridgestone report also refers to the most likely cause of the increase being the economic crisis, rising fuel prices and declining purchasing power.
“Despite the tyre industry's on-going efforts to educate drivers about the importance of regular tyre maintenance, the level of neglect continues to be a problem. During 2011 the AA and RAC attended more than 825,000 tyre related breakdowns between them alone”, according to www.tyresafe.org.
Increased breaking distance, decreased stability and steering response are just some of the dangers drivers face by having underinflated and/ or worn tyres.
Speak to one of Concorde’s skilled staff today if you’re concerned about the safety of your tyres. Visit www.concordeautocentre.com for more information.
About Concorde Auto Centre
With branches in Cambridge, Coventry, Leicester, Milton-keynes, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Swindon and Wisbech, Concorde Auto Centre offers a wide range of professional services with highly trained auto technicians always on hand to fit new parts or to offer advice to our loyal customers. Call us today to get the best prices on new car tyres fitted, winter car tyres fitted, wheel alignment, car exhaust systems, air conditioning recharges, replacement brake pads and discs, booking in your car for its MOT, car servicing, cambelts, shock absorbers, engine rebuilds, vehicle diagnostics, clutches, batteries, tow bars, turbo inspection and car gearboxes
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