Tyres not left behind

Published:  24 June, 2021

Motorists may be more aware of their tyres than you might think, according to a new survey that found 77% would personally check or have someone else in their household check their cars tyres before using it to go on holiday.

The YouGov survey of 1,496 UK car users was commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman as part of the launch of its ‘have the right atyre’ social media tyre safety awareness campaign.

Of those who said they would check, 55% went onto say they would check the day before going away. Another 27% said that they check a week before they were due to leave. However, 14% admitted they would put it off until the day of departure. Those aged over 45, and living in Wales and the South of England were found to be the most likely to check.

When asked about buying new tyres, 49% said that they would choose based on price. 32% said they follow a recommendation by a mechanic. 30% would make the decision based on grip offered in different weather conditions. 25% would opt for the make of tyre that was already fitted to their car, while 17% would use customer reviews, while 16% would take the advice of a friend or family member. 54% said they understood tyre sidewall markings, which is also being emphasised in the campaign.

Bill Fennell, Chief Ombudsman and Managing Director of the Motor Ombudsman, said: “It is pleasing to see from the survey results that there is a very high proportion of car users that would look at the condition of their tyres before heading off on their summer staycation.”

For more information, visit TheMotorOmbudsman.org

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