National Tyre Safety Day takes place today Wednesday 5th October, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) are reminding road-users to check their tyres regularly in order to ensure they are roadworthy. Free tyre safety checks will be available at participating ITIA garages on Tyre Safety Day today and throughout the week. This is just one of the road safety initiatives taking place nationwide for Irish Road Safety Week which will run until Sunday 9 October.
A report published by the RSA earlier this year revealed that vehicle factors played a role in 1 in 8 (101) fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012. Defective tyres were the most significant factor, representing almost two thirds (64.1% or 66) of all vehicle factors identified. The report found that 71 people were killed and 19 people were seriously injured in a collision where a vehicle had defective tyres as a contributory factor. The defects ranged from excessively or dangerously worn tyres, underinflated tyres (in some cases, dangerously low), the wrong size tyres or tyres fitted in the wrong direction.
The RSA and the ITIA are urging people to avail of the free tyre checks at Irish Tyre Industry Association garages and give themselves the peace of mind that their tyres are roadworthy. Details of participating garages are available at www.ITIA.ie
Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said:
Our report showed that tyres are the part of your car that will put you at most risk of a fatal collision, if they are not roadworthy. In most cases, you will not be able to tell if there is a problem simply by looking at your tyres, so best practice is to check your tyres monthly. If youre unsure of how to check your tyres, call into your local ITIA garage to get them checked by an expert. Garages nationwide will be providing this service all week, so I would urge road-users to avail of this free service and play their part in keeping their vehicles and the roads safe.
A survey of motorists conducted by the RSA in 2014 revealed that drivers fail to perform basic tyre safety checks regularly, despite knowing how to do them. 8 out of 10 (79%) drivers stated that they knew how to check the air pressure of their tyres, yet 1 in 10 checked this less than once a year or not at all. Similarly, 1 in 8 drivers admitted that they checked the condition and tread depth of their tyres less than once a year or not at all, despite 72% of drivers knowing how to perform this important check.
Mr Paddy Murphy, President, Irish Tyre Industry Association said:
Its shocking, but for many motorists, tyre maintenance is simply not a priority. Yet they are the only part of your car separating you from the ground. If your tyres arent in good, roadworthy condition, this could have serious consequences in the event of a collision. This is even more important as winter approaches and the weather worsens. So we would urge motorists to get their tyres checked regularly. A quick 5-minute visit to your local ITIA garage will give you the peace of mind that your tyres are safe.
A full list of activities taking place during Irish Road Safety Week is available on www.rsa.ie You can get involved on social media by using the hashtag #IRSW2016
A copy of Your Guide to Tyre Safety, which includes information on buying second hand tyres, can be downloaded here.
To date this year, 141 people have been killed on Irish roads, an increase of 22 when compared to the same period last year.