More than 1 in 4 vehicles have illegal tyres 15/08/2016
New research suggests over 10 million UK cars and light commercial vehicles (more than one-in-four) are being driven with an illegal tyre. The potential cost to its driver is a £2,500 fine and three penalty points, an MOT failure – or worse. Dorset featured in the second worst county grouping.
We offer over 500 different tyres, which can be fitted on site the same-day at our fully featured Bosch Service Centre in Bridport.
Paul Freeman, director, said: “For local customers we offer a drop-in service so you can get your tyres changed straight-away, or you can of course book an appointment. On a national level, we offer next day delivery on our featured tyres and 48 hour delivery on all of our listed tyres. There’s a guide to tyres and a simple tool on our website to help you to find the right tyre for your vehicle.”
Paul advises: “Premium tyres (such as Yokohama, Michelin, Bridgestone and Goodyear) should last for around 20,000 miles, so the additional cost can be a worthwhile investment. These manufacturers invest vast sums into researching the very best in tyre technology, so you can expect to reap the benefits of this, particularly in superior grip and enhanced fuel efficiency.
“At the lower end of the scale, you can expect to get around 7,000 to 8,000 miles from a budget tyre, but these are perfectly adequate for most circumstances. However, you may not get the best results if you combine lower cost tyres with a high performance car.
“The quality of tyre you choose may also depend on the type of driving you do. For example, regular driving in traffic requires more frequent braking, which inevitably results in wear and tear on the tyres, so it might be worth investing in premium tyres.
“Whichever tyres you choose, it's important to look after them. Maintaining correct air pressure is a simple way to prolong the life of your tyres. Check your tyre pressure regularly and adjust according to your car’s specification and loading. Look out for any signs of uneven wear and tear, and if you spot any, arrange to have the wheel alignment checked at your local dealer.”
The findings were revealed following a Tyre Safe survey conducted in partnership with Highways England which studied 340,000 tyres as they were replaced at 819 outlets across the country.
Stuart Jackson, Tyre Safe chairman, said: “Figures from the Department for Transport show that dangerous tyres are the largest single contributory factor in accidents resulting in casualties of any vehicle defect – including brakes.
“If the number of casualties from tyre-related incidents is to be reduced on our roads, the UK’s motorists need to change their attitude to this primary safety feature and carry out regular checks to ensure their vehicle’s tyres are roadworthy.”