Friday 24 November 2017

Motorists feeling the financial pressure of tyre neglect

WE are letting €27m a year go down the drain by not checking tyre pressures, according to experts.

But tyre specialists are trying to do something about that – and the obvious safety risks that accompany it – from this week.

The are kicking off a ‘Fill Up With Air’ campaign to encourage greater awareness of what to do.

A team of tyre specialists will tour the country during the rest of the month to offer advice on how to save fuel by inflating tyres to their correct pressure – and glovebox guides will be given away free.

The show starts tomorrow at Topaz, Dublin Port, then the roadshow moves on to Clondalkin on Friday, Galway (27th), Limerick (28th), Cork (29th) and finishes in Waterford on the 30th.

The research on how much we lose is being published by tyre manufacturer Michelin.

They discovered that in addition to the fuel consumption penalty caused by incorrectly inflated tyres, a key side effect is the more than 58,000 tonnes of CO2 being needlessly released into the atmosphere.

Michelin’s head of communications Peter Snelling said: “Last year, more than half of the cars surveyed were found to have punctures, or be dangerously under inflated.

“Last year we checked more than 700 cars and the results showed that some motorists in this country are simply not taking tyre maintenance seriously.”

Treading dangerously

? Acceptable: up to 4psi under-inflated

? Temporarily acceptable: between 5 – 7 psi underinflated.

? Dangerous between: 8 – 14psi under-inflated

? Very dangerous: more than 14psi under-inflated

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