Saturday, 22 November 2014

Millions failing MoT tests on tyre issues . . .


Millions failing MoT tests on tyre issues

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Drivers are being urged to check their tyres

Over 2.2 million cars failed their MOT test with tyre-related problems last year

A tyre safety organisation is urging drivers to check their tyres after it revealed that more than 2.2 million cars failed their MoT test in 2013 because of unsafe or illegal tyres.

The figures, which were obtained by TyreSafe under a Freedom of Information request, show that many drivers are not bothering to check the state of their tyres, relying instead on their MoT test to pick up the issue.

Stuart Jackson, the organisation’s chairman, has reacted incredulously to the news.

“It beggars belief that so many motorists can fail their MoT because of unsafe or illegal tyres,” he said.

“Your safety on the road is totally dependent upon the condition of your tyres so it’s vital that you check these regularly throughout the year, let alone just before you take your MoT.

“Furthermore, they are also one of the easiest items on your car to check, so there really is no excuse for this amount of tyre related failures.”

Hurricane Gonzalo is thought likely to arrive in Ireland on Tuesday, and although it will have been downgraded to a post-tropical storm by then, it’s still expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain.

“We are entering the most treacherous period of the year when the roads can become very wet and slippery so it’s essential that your tyres are in the best possible condition,” Jackson added.

“Driving on dangerous or illegal tyres can leave you vulnerable to a number of hazards such as longer stopping distances, loss of grip or an increased risk of aquaplaning but these can all be minimised with appropriate safety checks.”

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