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Under inflated tyres increase UK fuel bills by £337 millionBack

Under inflated tyres costs UK motorists in excess of £337 million pounds in fuel every year.

New research conducted by Michelin has revealed that many motorists are driving around with under inflated which is not only costing them more money on fuel, but is proving to be dangerous on the roads and damaging to the environment.

The research was released by Michelin following its 2011 Fill Up With Air roadshow which has toured the UK since May and is aimed at highlighting to motorists the importance of keeping their tyres inflated and to the correct pressure.

The campaign has since revealed that 39 per cent of motorist are driving on dangerous and very dangerously under-inflate tyres, with 5 per cent are actually running on punctured tyres which is illegal.

As a result, an extra 244 million litres of extra fuel is being emitted which accounts for more than 600,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere.

Deflated tyres also lead to motorists having to increase their braking distances, whilst cars become harder to handle and control and tyre life is greatly reduced.

Michelin’s head of communications, Phil Baldock said: “It’s crucial that drivers understand the importance of driving with the correct tyre pressure. Under-inflated tyres can not only put lives at risk but they increase the stress on a vehicle’s steering and suspension, cause it to use more fuel and thus produce more CO2. Not only does the right pressure improve safety, it is beneficial for their bank balance to have correctly inflated tyres and it also helps the environment.

“There are lots of ways that people can cut their carbon footprint and keeping tyres at the correct pressure is a simple and cost effective solution.”

The increased release of CO2 gases into the atmosphere is one of the serious side-effects of reduced tyre pressure and thee emissions are contributing to the greenhouse effect which is affecting the climate and nature across the world.

The Fill Up With Air roadshow highlights the huge gap in motorists’ knowledge when it comes to tyre awareness with many drivers failing to realise that incorrectly inflated tyres can make a vehicle unsafe, putting the safety of its occupants and other road users at risk.

For advice on selecting the correct tyre and how to keep you tyres in the best condition, visit the Michelin website at:


Posted by Leana Kell on 27/10/2011