Event shows prevalence of wrong tyre pressures in cars

An event held by a vehicle solutions company in Leeds has indicated that more than half of the UK's drivers could be travelling on the roads with the incorrect amount of air in their tyres.

The group, Zenith, and the tyre manufacturers Michelin checked a total of 82 cars outside their office, and found that 55 per cent were operating with the incorrect pressure. Furthermore, of the remaining vehicles, just 12 per cent had exactly the right level, according to the results collected.

Roughly a third of the cars, which all belonged to employees at the Zenith office, were underinflated by between four and seven units of pressure per square inch (PSI), which is deemed to be an acceptable amount for a short-term period. A worryingly large number of those tested, however, were at a 'dangerously' wrong level.

The pressure of six per cent of the vehicles was 'very dangerous', with two per cent of cars judged to have all four tyres overinflated. The Michelin testers were quick to point out the risks that these drivers were running by allowing their tyres to reach such worryingly off levels, also explaining that a good deal of money could be saved on fuel costs by those who take steps to rectify the problem.

With the exacting standards of safety inherent in the new models for sale from Ford car dealers, it is important that drivers are still careful to minimise any danger of being involved in an accident by carrying out simple routine maintenance tasks such as checking tyre pressure themselves. 

Officials from Michelin speculated that, along with saving these 82 drivers a combined total of close to £2,000 over the course of a year in petrol expenses, keeping a close eye on individual tyre pressures would also have the effect of lowering their overall carbon emissions by as much as 3.2 tonnes over the same period. This measure would help to make the most out of the environmentally friendly technological advances that have been made by the best car manufacturers in recent years and can now be harnessed by anyone purchasing their next vehicle from new or used Ford car dealers.

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