Tyre Safety Month 2016 has begun with positive news from the Department for Transport’s Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB) analysis which has revealed a reduction in casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents on Britain’s roads.
Recently released, 2015’s data shows a 28 per cent decrease in the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents with total casualties falling by 16.2 per cent compared with 2014 figures.
However, TyreSafe is urging drivers not to be complacent and ensure they carry out regular tyre checks.
As revealed earlier this year by TyreSafe’s survey of tyres at the point of replacement, in partnership with Highways England, there is evidence that the number of illegal tyres on Britain’s roads this year will remain at ten million or even increase.
Driving with illegal tyres not only leaves the driver vulnerable to a £2,500 fine and three-point penalty but also far more likely to be involved in an incident.
Stuart Jackson, chairman at TyreSafe, said: “Tyre Safety Month 2016 kicks off with good news but motorists should not interpret those results as being an excuse not to carry out regular tyre checks.
“Tyres are a safety critical component on any vehicle and the only one in contact with the road, and while modern vehicles give occupants a far greater chance of surviving a collision – even walking away uninjured – well-maintained tyres will significantly reduce the risk of being involved in an incident in the first place.”
According to the DfT’s figures, the chances of being in a tyre-related incident which results in fatality or serious injury is highest in the South East region, where 16.3 per cent of all incidents were reported, while London was lowest at 3.9 per cent.
TyreSafe’s annual Tyre Safety Month campaign takes place every October to coincide with the onset of the worst of the British weather and acts as a focus for the UK’s tyre safety awareness charity’s year-round activities.