AA launches mobile tyre service

AA has today launched its first professional mobile tyre fitting service – AA Tyres – bringing tyre fitting to drivers’ homes or workplaces.

The news follows new research from the AA which revealed that two-thirds of women (65%) and a third of men (36%) are potentially putting lives at risk by relying on their garage to tell them when their tyres are worn out and need changing.

Distinctive AA-liveried vehicles are being rolled out, each equipped to change tyres, carry out puncture repairs and wheel balancing at any location. The service covers much of England and is expected to expand over coming months.

The research also showed that tens of thousands of drivers are courting danger because they rarely check the pressure, tread depth and condition of their tyres.

According to the AA-Populus research among 18,806 AA members, fewer than half of drivers (43%) check their tyre pressures at a recommended two-weekly interval, while a quarter (25%) leave a tyre pressure check for two months or more. And 3% say they never check their tyres.

Drivers check the tread depth or the condition of their tyres less frequently and 28% said they hadn’t done so for two months or more. A further four per cent said they’d never checked.

David Bruce, director of AA Tyres, said that many drivers take tyres for granted. He said, ‘Tyres aren’t ‘optional extras’ – the four small patches or rubber, each the size of your hand are the only parts of the car that touch the road and if they’re worn, poorly inflated or damaged then you really are dicing with death.’