Young women 'at risk' due to poor tyres

A survey has found that young female motorists are the most at risk of an accident due to driving on dangerous tyres.

WheelRight tyre pressure management undertook a year-long survey at Keele services on the M6 to ascertain which sex and age group drove on the worst condition tyres.

The results showed that women under the age of 25 were typically driving with at least two significantly underinflated tyres, whilst male drivers in the same age group were also at risk, and 50 per cent more likely than older motorists to have an under-inflated tyre.

The survey was conducted in response to the shocking figures of road fatalities caused by poorly inflated or defective tyres. In 2014, the Road Safety Observatory revealed that approximately 25 deaths and nearly 1,500 serious injuries a year are attributed to this.

The survey also found that 55 per cent of women rarely check their tyres, while 66 per cent of men only check them once a month.

Chief executive of WheelRight, John Catling commented: “This finding could show that monthly tyre pressure checks are too infrequent to nip any tyre problems in the bud. Our results show there is a lack of motorist awareness on the impact that tyre pressure can have on road safety which is putting younger drivers at risk. This is hardly surprising, given that tyre pressure awareness forms no part of the theory or practical driving test.

“Clearly, monthly tyre pressure checks are not enough to prevent the problems that may arise as a result of under-inflated tyres. For example, the lowest tyre pressure reading we’ve taken for a motorist at Keele Services was a very low, and very dangerous, score of just six psi (pounds per square inch), when it should have been closer to 30 psi to be safe. An accident waiting to happen, indeed!”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

March 8, 2016

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