Press Association – 90% of Drivers Cannot Control a Skid
Winter driving greatly increases the risk of a car skidding on ice or snow, yet nine out of 10 drivers in the UK does not know how to deal with this potentially dangerous situation.
When asked, 36% of drivers said they had no idea how to cope with a skidding car, while 56% said they did but then gave the wrong answer. Only 8% of those questioned in the Flexed survey answered correctly.
Just as much of a concern is the number of driver who would use the incorrect techniques to cope with a skid. Many said they would brake heavily or turn the front wheels more, which could both make the situation much worse.
Flexed’s Mark Hall said: ‘It’s so easy to drive in a warm cocoon with your music player and sat-nav system to keep you company and that means millions of drivers just don’t adapt to wet or icy road conditions. It means accidents and breakdowns that can cost a small fortune to put right.’
He added: ‘We’re a pretty complacent lot when it comes to winter driving. Far too many people thing the rescue services like the AA or RAC will be there if things go wrong, and they’re far too willing to tempt fate through lack of preparation.’
Tyres are one of the most important safety features on your car or vehicle and help reduce thee likelihood of a skid. After all, your tyres are the only thing that connects the car to the road surface, and other technologies such as antilock braking systems and electronic stability controls cannot do their job if the tyres don’t have a good grip on the road surface. Yet tyres are often considered to be one of the least understood components of our vehicles.
Many drivers will fit a car tyre then forget it. Even allowing for modern tyre reliability and manufacturing methods, this can be a mistake as tyres are NOT maintenance free items! It is estimated that an average tyres will lose around 1 psi of pressure per month so it is a good idea to check your tyre inflation pressures and inspect their general tread condition on a weekly basis. Underinflated tyres can impact upon your cars fuel efficiency, reducing the miles per gallon you achieve – costing you money, and are more likely to suffer a puncture. Remember, you can’t tell the tyre pressure is low just by looking.
So, how can you increase the lifespan of your car tyres? Adopt the following and you could put off having to make a trip to your local tyre dealership for at least a couple of months. Regularly check your tyre pressure and tread condition. This probably won’t involve any more than a couple of minutes, but that time spent checking your tyres could alert you to any problems that might have arisen. Check the surface of the tyres for cracks and odd looking bulges. Try to avoid accelerating to quickly form traffic lights of junctions. Wheel skid may sound good but it’s a great way to quickly wear out your tyres. These alone could prolong the lifespan of your tyres significantly.
It is also important to recognise that there is a legal requirement to maintain your car or other vehicle tyres. Remember, this legal requirement exists to help keep you, other drivers and pedestrians remain safe, and to prevent accidents occurring on the roads.
If you would like a free tyre check and live in the Gateshead or Newcastle area of then call Tam Tyres now on 0191 4604809 or visit the Tams Tyres Website and get your tyres checked out today.