According to the findings of a survey carried out in the UK last year by a major tyre brand, 63% of motorists are driving their cars on underinflated tyres. Not only is this costing them over £4 billion in wasted fuel and causing unnecessary additional vehicle emissions, it also poses a safety risk due to reduced grip, increased tyre wear and potential for damage. The survey of over 1,000 cars found that 16% of them also had illegal tyres with a tread depth below the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm.
In a bid to educate drivers and help them get optimum use from their tyres, as well as providing guidance on the importance of regular vehicle checks, Brayleys is offering free evening workshops at its Harpenden showroom and St Albans based Honda dealership.
Courses will be offered in response to customer demand. They would last for two hours and take place between 6-8pm on a Wednesday evening. Courses are open to men and women.
Brayleys’ experienced technicians would offer guidance on how to perform basic checks, including: oil and water levels; tyre condition and pressure; wiper blades; fuses; brake pads; changing a wheel safely, plus what happens in an MOT.
Car owners interested in attending a workshop are invited to register their interest via the news section of the Brayleys website – www.brayleys.co.uk. Workshops will be held with a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 12. Complimentary tea and coffee would be provided.
Commented Paul Brayley, Managing Director, Brayleys, which offers all makes tyre fitting as one of its services:
“Whilst most cars only require a visit to the garage once a year, it’s still very important to look after it between services, so the offer of a free workshop will inform motorists of the need to make basic checks on a regular basis. In the case of tyres, this should be at least once a month, when the tyres are cold. If a tyre is underinflated, the engine has to work harder for each wheel to complete a revolution, causing more fuel consumption and tyre wear, not mention the reduced safety aspect.”