Have you checked your tyre pressures?
Have you checked your tyre pressures?

Bridgestone, one of the world's largest tyre producers, has checked the pressures of Italian motorists' tyres free of charge for the eighth year in a row. After some 28,000 checks, a disturbing picture emerged. 78% of vehicles travel on underinflated tyres (the figure was 63% in 2011), and 25% have tyres that are worn below the legal limit (20% in 2011). The main cause is the economic downturn. Drivers are replacing their tyres less often, and since they are using their cars less, they are also checking their tyres less frequently.

Inadequate tyre maintenance reduces safety by causing the following:

  • Lower stability;
  • Slower steering response;
  • Increased braking distance, in addition to higher expenses, when tyres are underinflated;
  • Lower speed capability;
  • Greater tread wear
  • Higher fuel consumption;
Ideally, every driver should check the tyre pressures and tread wear on their vehicle once a month. The reason, says Jake Rønsholt, the General Manager for Corporate & Brand Communications at Bridgestone Europe, is that, “...we must always keep in mind that tyres are the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road”.

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