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Gurgaon, India -- Between 250 and 315 people die every day in road accidents across India, and rising, according to India's National Crime Records Bureau. Apollo Tyres claims many of these can be attributed to incorrect tyre inflation pressure.
Satish Sharma, Chief, India Operations, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, â€œOur most recent all-India survey has some very scary figures on something as simple as tyre pressure. The level of apathy and ignorance amongst Indian drivers could easily be the leading cause of accidents on our roads. The alarming numbers have forced us to go public with this data.â€
A six-month survey of 36,000 tyres, on 9,000 passenger vehicles across India's 50 largest cities reveal:
• Only 22% of the cars surveyed had tyres with the OE recommended inflation
• Almost 44% of the car tyres were over-inflated
• The remaining 34% were under-inflated
Apollo Safe Drive was begun in 2006 to educate and create awareness on the benefits of proper tyre care among passenger car and commercial vehicle users. So far Apollo Safe Drive has conducted over 626 campaigns across India with direct contact with nearly 85,000 customers.
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