Today, Wednesday, October 9 is “Tyre Safety Day” as the Irish Tyre Industry (ITIA) teams up with An Garda Síochána, during Road Safety Week, to remind all road users to check their tyres.
Jackie Wherity, Chair, ITIA
Jackie Wherity, Chair of the ITIA is urging all motorists to check their tyres to make sure their vehicle is safe on the road. She said: “The message is clear. Be safe on the road and avail of the free tyre checks in any ITIA dealership this week.”
She added: “Our members are experts in tyre health and can reassure drivers that their vehicle is safe on the road. To find your nearest ITIA registered dealer nationwide, visit www.itia.ie. A few minutes out of your day could save your life.”
Motorists can call in to any ITIA dealer for a free tyre pressure check and tread depth inspection.
Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the RSA, said: “Your tyres are the only point of contact between your car, van, or SUV and the road, and yet their importance to a vehicle’s safety and fuel economy is often overlooked. RSA research shows that there is no component in your vehicle that is as likely to contribute to a crash as your tyres*. It was found that tyres were a contributory factor in an average of 14 roads deaths per year.”
She added: “Each month 8,500 vehicles are classified as being dangerously defective for ‘Tyre Tread’ and ‘Tyre Condition’ across the NCT and CVRT testing systems. Driving on dangerous or under-inflated tyres puts your life and the lives of other road users at risk so don’t wait until your NCT comes around to check the health of your tyres, get to an ITIA dealer this week.”