Tyre Talk Column: Tyre defects biggest killer on UK roads

Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct in Bletchley, warns drivers to check their tyres after admitting his shock at national stats

Here are three numbers: 129, 145, 183.

Out of those, which do you think is the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from tyre defects on cars?

Tyres Direct has been informed that last year 183 people were killed or seriously injured on UK roads due to their tyres having defects. Crazy isn’t it?

You’d think that mobile phone use would have been the biggest cause but that came only third in the list with 129 deaths and serious injuries – the second highest was faulty brakes with 145.

I actually found this tyre figure amazing and recently signed up Tyres Direct as a member of ‘Tyre Safe’ as it’s recognised as the national tyre safety body and is aiming to drive down this statistic.

Another fact for you is that women now are more regular with checks on their vehicles than men. I have seen some horrific tyres come into my garage (see the horror photos on Facebook @TyresDirectBletch).

It’s even more worrying for me when people are parents. Your children don’t check your tyres, they trust you because YOU are their guardian and protector.

Have a great month and please share the message as far and wide as you can, because safe tyres save lives.

This feature was published in the December 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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