ERJ staff report (LMH)
Brussels – The number of European motorists driving with underinflated or worn tires soared by 25% in 2012, according to a survey carried out by Bridgestone.
Based on the results of over 28 000 free tire safety checks carried out 2012, a "staggering" 78% of vehicles were found to have underinflated tires, while over a quarter had tires that were worn beyond the legal limit, Bridgestone said in a 29 April news release. Bridgestone said these figures are “even more disturbing” given that they represent an increase of around 25% of 2011.
The tire maker suggested the likely cause of the increase is the economic crisis, rising fuel prices and declining purchasing power. However, Bridgestone warned against the dangers of underinflated and worn tires, citing them as a safety risk on the road by decreasing stability and steering response, while increasing braking distances.
“Driving on underinflated tyres is not only dangerous, it is an enormous waste of fuel and the cause of carbon emissions that could easily be avoided by simple, regular checks,” commented Jake Rønsholt, General Manager Corporate & Brand Communications, Bridgestone Europe.
He added that ideally drivers should check their tire pressure once month and while doing so, check tread depth and look out for damage or irregular wear at the same time.
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News release from Bridgestone