Annual tyre sidewall damage bill hits £439million

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 15:04
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DAMAGE: Potholes a key cause of damage

Sidewall damage to tyres is costing UK drivers more than £439million every year, research by Kwik Fit has revealed.

One in five car drivers have had to replace a tyre in the last year due to sidewall damage, as opposed to tread wear – an affliction largely caused by potholes.

In the last two years 53% of motorists claim their tyres or wheels have suffered damage, with 22% insisting potholes were the cause.

A further 11% experienced damage after hitting debris on the road.

One in ten (10%) admit to having hit a kerb while parking, with 9% hitting a kerb while driving.

Despite the number of drivers having experienced damage, only 35% check their tyres’ sidewalls every month.

Roger Griggs, Communications Director at Kwik Fit, said: “We recommend that drivers check their tyres every week and certainly before making a long journey.

“Drivers should check pressure, tread and sidewalls.

“These factors are all interlinked – the wrong pressure will lead to uneven tread wear and can damage the sidewalls.

“As a result they will shorten the life of a tyre, leading to unnecessary cost, but more importantly reducing the tyre’s roadholding performance.”

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