A vehicle with under inflated tyres could cost owners up to €17 per month in fuel costs and €4,000 per annum for a fleet of 20 company vehicles.
That’s according to calculations carried out by the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA), who says in addition to fuel efficiency, under inflation of tyres can also negatively impact grip handling and braking performance, increasing the risk of a crash, as well as the wear and lifespan of the tyre.
As part of Irish Road Safety Week and Tyre Safety Day, motorists are being encouraged to check their tyres and ensure they are not below the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm (1mm for motorcycles), that they are not damaged and inflated to the correct tyre pressure.
Drivers can visit any ITIA dealer nationwide for a free tyre safety check, including a pressure check and tread depth inspection.
Sue O’Neill, ITIA chief executive said: “Getting your tyres checked only takes a few minutes out of your day and this week our ITIA members are offering free tyre checks.
“Our members are experts in tyre health and road worthiness, and they can give drivers peace of mind that their vehicle is safe on the road. So don’t wait until your next CVRT or NCT, get them checked out today.
She added that you can find your nearest ITIA registered dealer at www.itia.ie.
Tyre Safety Day, which takes place today, was launched by the RSA together with An Garda Síochána and the ITIA at the ESB Networks Fleet & Equipment offices in Dublin.
Superintendent Sean O Reardon reminded drivers that if you are found with defective tyres you risk two penalty points and a fine of €80.
He also said that 1,402 Fixed Charge Notices have been issued so far this year by An Garda Síochána for tyre offences.
To date in 2022, a total of 116 lives have been lost on Irish roads – up 11 compared to the same date last year.
As the winter months approach, the RSA is also reminding road users that tyre grip will become increasingly important when driving in poor weather conditions.
Some general tips on tyre maintenance:
The minimum legal tread depth for a car is 1.6mm however we recommend that you consider replacing them once they are below 3mm. There is 8 mm of tread on a new tyre. The legal limit for motorcycles is 1mm.
Poor tyre condition can lead to internal rust, rapid deflation or a possible blow out.
Look out for, cracks cuts or grazes on the side wall of the tyre. Any visible bulges. Ensure wheels are aligned & balanced
Don’t forget to check the spare tyre.
Watch the RSA’s Tyre Safety video below: