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More than 60% of UK Drivers Soft on Tyre Pressure, Says Michelin

02 Dec 2008

Michelin has taken its “Fill up with Air” roadshow throughout the UK and Ireland, checking and adjusting drivers’ tyre pressures in a campaign intended to highlight the potential safety benefits, fuel savings and reduced emissions that are directly related to having the car’s tyre pressures correctly set. A disturbing statistic to emerge from the roadshow is, says Michelin, that more than 60 per cent of cars on British roads are running with incorrect tyre pressure; 35 per cent have dangerously under-inflated tyres.

Results from previous years revealed 80 per cent of British drivers to be negligent in this area, thus some improvement has been seen in 2008, however Michelin remarks that there is still clearly room for improvement in regards to maintaining tyre pressure.

Out of the more than 2,600 vehicles checked at more than 17 locations, 65 per cent had incorrect pressures, including 7 per cent over inflated, 35 per cent were found to have pressure more than 7psi below recommended pressure, with 10 per cent more than 14psi below. In addition, 5 per cent had a puncture.

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