Shocking figures reveal nearly half of Irish cars are driving with illegal tyres.
Latest tyre checks carried out in Dublin confirmed lack of awareness for tyre safety.
Astounding number of fatal collisions
Rapidly increasing numbers of fatal accidents on our roads is a worrying trend. According to RSA figures, last total number of fatal accidents in the country reach the staggering number of 174. It caused 186 people to lose their lives, and the core of them was young adults. Unfortunately, 2017 figures are on route to surpass last years’ number.
As your tyres are the only direct contact between the road surface and your vehicle, importance of them is not be ignored. Good quality tyres can play a significant role in reducing the number of people killed on our roads.
Tyre safety ignored – latest survey uncovers
To find out how big of a problem bald tyres are, we took our staff to 4 of the largest retail centres in Dublin for a “dangerous” tyre hunt. We surveyed vehicles with reg. plates of 162 and older. Our staff checked the condition of all four tyres on various vehicles over the course of four days.
The results are astonishing. 42% of cars surveyed had at least one tyre which was classed as illegal.
As if safety issue wasn’t important enough, illegal tyres will now result in €80 on the spot fine and up to 4 penalty points.
Free tyre safety checks
Here at Tyreland, we are doing our bit to increase the awareness of tyre safety. All of our seven branches are offering free tyre safety checks without a prior appointment.
With the weather to take a turn for the worse, now is the best time to make sure that your car is winter-ready.
*Illegal tyres were classed if tyre tread was 1.6mm or less. Again if visible impact damage was shown as well as cracking and another substantial damage was present.
As always, if you have any questions or require help choosing the right tyres, just give us a call on 01 860 20 20 or enquire via here.