Mums on the move dodge tyre safety as it is a 'job for dad'

Ninety-eight per cent of mums believe all drivers should take responsibility for car tyre safety – but 73 per cent admit their partner takes charge when it comes to this issue.


Leading tyre manufacturer Michelin teamed up with Mumsnet, the UK's biggest website for parents, to explore views and knowledge around tyre tread and tyre pressure, along with attitudes to winter tyres and tyre purchasing habits.

Just over a third of mums could not say with confidence what the legal minimum tyre tread depth was, and 62 per cent admitted they weren’t confident about the penalty for running on tyres that fell beneath this tread depth. Meanwhile 37 per cent checked their tyre pressure twice a year.

Jamie McWhir, car and 4x4 technical manager for Michelin in the UK and Ireland, said: “Every motorist should know that the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, which is about the depth of the rim on a 20p piece. Driving on tyres without enough tread is dangerous and it can lead to points on your licence and fines of up to £2,500 for each tyre.

“This isn’t just an issue for Mumsnet users, though – too many motorists across the board don’t know enough about tyre maintenance and safety.

“Tread should be checked regularly because wet grip can decrease as tread wears down, even above the legal limit, so speeds and driving style should be adjusted accordingly.

“Pressures should be checked every month and before every long journey. Running underinflated tyres is dangerous because there it affects cornering, handling and braking. Not only that, underinflated tyres significantly increase fuel consumption.”

Tyre labelling, which rates tyres according to how they perform in terms of wet braking, fuel efficiency and road noise, was introduced two years ago.

Only 19 per cent of Mumsnet users said the tyre label was important to them.

The Mumsnet survey found that 69 per cent of respondents would consider or be prepared to buy winter tyres, while 65 per cent said they were prepared to pay extra for a high quality tyre brand.

Mr McWhir added: “Running tyres that are at the right pressure and in good condition saves money and saves lives. Checking your tyres is easy, and Michelin would urge all motorists to spend just a few minutes a month doing just that.”

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