Tyre manufacturer Michelin is urging motorists to be extra diligent in ensuring that their tyres are properly inflated and maintained in good condition.
In a recent ‘Fill Up With Air’’ promotion hosted by the company at four sites – Galway, Naas, Dungarvan and Ballymena – motorists were given a free air pressure and tyre check, the results of which showed that one in every three vehicles was found to have tyres that were deemed to be ‘dangerously’ or ‘very dangerously’ underinflated.
Pressures between 7psi and 14psi below the manufacturer’s recommendation are classified as ‘’dangerous’ by Michelin, while 15psi and below underinflation falls into the ‘very dangerous’ category.
In Naas, 90 vehicles presented for checking of which only 20% passed muster. Of the remainder, a huge 42% had tyres that were ranked dangerous or very dangerous. A marginally better picture emerged in Galway where 31% of vehicles had tyres that were correctly inflated with 32% falling into the dangerous and very dangerous category, while Dungarvan saw 46% of vehicles falling unwanted categories.
In stark contrast, of the 158 vehicles that presented in Ballymena, an encouraging 44% had tyres that were correctly inflated.
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