With us hearing so often on the news about road traffic accidents, I think it is vital that we check our cars over at least once a week. It is even more urgent before a long drive.
Like we don’t forget to fill fuel, we must make it a habit to ensure that the tyres are pumped up. Ha! Look at me talk! I am not the designated driver.
But, I can still feel a difference when I sit in the car and the tyres have the right pressure. When I feel it less, I just bring it to my husband’s notice. Job done. Just kidding, I do know how to check for tyre pressure and if required I am perfectly capable of doing so.
Michelin have released this infographic based on a survey carried out with Mumsnet and it makes a very interesting read.
I have always been firmly of the belief that if you buy cheap, you get cheap and I would never compromise on good quality tyres especially as the car carries our most precious cargo – our children.
The research also brought to light more notions about tyres –
The survey revealed, there was still a discrepancy between genders with more men taking responsibility for tyres, but women are acknowledging that this shouldn’t be the case; – 97% agreed all drivers should take responsibility for their vehicle and its safety.
Safety and longevity emerged as the most important criteria to Mumsnetters when choosing tyres, but car handling and fuel saving were important too. Only 19% referred to the importance of tyre labelling, indicating that tyre labelling remains less understood than perhaps other labelling – for example the environmental ratings used on white goods (fridges, washing machines etc) – Michelin say – did you know that tyre labels include a rating for wet braking stopping distances?
Safety: Whilst safety is the key consideration , 38% didn’t know the legal tread depth, 67% were unaware of the penalty for having bald tyres (which is a min. 3 points per tyre, plus a fine in the UK) and 38% only checked their tyre pressures twice a year or less….
….interestingly many cited their car as having TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and that this removed the need for regular tyre pressure checks. However, Michelin say that older, indirect TPMS systems (mainly fitted before 2012) may only alert the user to a sudden change in pressure (e.g. caused by a puncture). They do NOT necessarily indicate the gradual loss of air from tyres which reduces tyre performance leading to reduced fuel efficiency and braking capability.
Winter tyres: surprisingly, 66% would consider or be prepared to buy winter tyres in the future. 7% of Mumsnetters currently own winter tyres, which is above average when compared with the UK as a whole.
Premium Brands: 65% are prepared to pay the extra for a quality tyre brand which confirms that the majority of Mumsnetters recognise its worth paying for the inherent quality and safety performance associated with a recognised premium brand. Michelin say “not all tyres are the same…..”
Buying tyres: Only 6% purchased online, which may reflect a lack of knowledge in tyres, leaving purchasers more likely to be swayed by the tyre retailer’s recommendation. Investing the time in understanding how to read a tyre and using online tyre selector tools could help empower Mumsnetters to make their own choices. Mobile tyre fitment for home or office, bookable online, is also an option for greater convenience.
I was also very surprised to find out about winter tyres being so important. My brother who lives out in the country makes sure to get fitted with winter tyres but as we live in the city, we don’t really see the necessity. After reading this, I may just have another thought to getting my tyres changed during winter.
You can read what other Mumsnet Bloggers think of tyre safety here
Michelin say that their Total Performance tyres bring together the optimum mix of performance areas, like grip, long-life and fuel saving, and that they’re perfect for the daily driving challenges that Mumsnetters face.
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Mumsnet and Michelin to spread awareness of tyre safety. I have not been compensated for this post but will be entered into a prize draw.