Thursday, 14 August 2008 12:00 AM
A survey commissioned by Protyre published today has shown that only 34 per cent of motorists always check their tyres, with another third never checking them at all.
Protyre has highlighted this as a potential risk to the lives of the 18 million or so motorists due to head onto UK roads during the upcoming bank holiday weekend.
By not checking the quality of their tyres, hundreds of thousands will be putting their lives at risk, Protyre believes.
Commenting on the results of the survey, Phil Brookes, operations director at Protyre, explained: "With such a small contact patch separating the vehicle from the road, tyres are a lifeline, and our results have shown that motorists remain oblivious to the safety implications of not keeping them in their correct condition.
"Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go in educating the public on the importance of tyres, which we are continuously working hard on. We urge all motorists to spend time on vehicle maintenance ahead of their departure this bank holiday."
The survey showed the men are more likely than women to check their tyres, with 47 per cent to 39 per cent doing so.
Northern Ireland was the worst place in the UK for tyre checks, with only 21 per cent deciding to do so regularly.