One in four tyres are under-inflated, study finds

More than a quarter of Britain’s cars have at least one under-inflated tyre

One in four tyres are under-inflated, study finds
The results from a year-long study into driver attitudes and tyre pressure awareness levels have been published. Credit: Bigstock.

A tyre safety pilot study which collected around 155,000 readings at Keel Services on the M6 has found that more than a quarter of Britain’s cars have at least one tyre that is dangerously under-inflated.

The research by technology firm WheelRight also found that the majority of HGVs are running with at least one under-inflated tyre.

According to figures released by the Road Safety Observatory in April 2014, the UK currently sees around 25 deaths and 1,500 serious injuries a year due to poorly inflated or defective tyres.

What’s more, Highways England data shows that 21 per cent of all breakdowns that occur could be attributed to a wheel or tyre defect.

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