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Unloved,deflated and dangerous… Wheelright’s tyre pressure monitoring system trial results revealed.

WR logo1Our nation’s tyres are unloved and dangerous, according to new research backed by Highways England.

Tyre pressure monitoring expert WheelRight, based at Begbroke Science Park, has discovered that HGVs are typically running with at least one under-inflated tyre at any one time. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of Britain’s cars have at least one tyre that is dangerously under inflated. This tyre pressure data follows on from research by Tyre Safe which found that up to 10 million cars on Britain’s roads have illegal levels of tread depth.

keeltruck webWheelRight’s live survey of the nation’s tyres took place at Keele Services on the southbound M6 during March to June 2015. The unique pilot scheme is run by UK company WheelRight in association with Highways England and Welcome Break.

John Catling, CEO of Wheelright (pictured, right), said: “We’ve been offering a free pressure check to HGV drivers using our drive-over tyre pressure system at Keele Services on one of Britain’s busiest stretches of road – the M6.wheelright-jc-tight-crop

“We have taken thousands of tyre pressure readings and have collated some shocking statistics which reveal the true extent of our tyre neglect. Every year, the UK sees approximately 25 deaths and nearly 1,500 serious accidents* attributed to poorly inflated or defective tyres.”

Read more on this trial in the full article online in Haulage Today.

The WheelRight pilot at Keele is free to both motorists and HGV drivers alike.

To find out more, click here. Visit the company’s website.

Joanna Grant