Poor tyre maintenance was the most common reason for car accidents in Britain last year, new figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT) have revealed.
Across the 12-month period, 446 accidents were linked to defective tyres, beating faulty brakes to the top spot by 81.
Low pressures, tread that has worn below legal limits and damage are listed as the main tyre issues, suggesting many motorists are neglecting to regularly check the condition of their car’s tyres.
Andrew Jervis, co-founder of car repair website ClickMechanic, recommended better and more regular maintenance to reduce the chances of tyre failures or blowouts.
“Some UK drivers are not servicing their car regularly or conducting simple checks, such as measuring the air pressure in the tyres,” he said. “All drivers should follow their manufacturer’s recommended schedule and ensure that any anomalies are assessed by a professional as soon as possible.”