Drivers tread carefully before holidays

A recent online YouGov study of 1,496 UK car users found that 77% of people would want their tyres checked prior to setting off on a vacation.

The survey was commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman to mark the launch of its “Have the right atyre” tyre safety awareness campaign on social media.

Of those who said they would want their tyres checked, over half (55%) would make sure they were safe and legal the day prior to going on holiday, whilst more than a quarter (27%) said that they would look down at their tyres a week before they were due to leave.

Just 14% would put it off until the very last minute.

Bill Fennell, chief ombudsman and managing director of the Motor Ombudsman, said: “It is pleasing to see from the survey results that there is a very high proportion of car users that would look at the condition of their tyres before heading off on their summer staycation.

“This is especially reassuring due to the fact that tyres play a key role in providing grip, stopping performance, reducing road noise and improving ride quality. Spending time carrying out the vital checks, such as fluids and tyres, can make all the difference in ensuring you get from A to B as quickly and as safely as possible.”