According to the latest report published by Australian Road Safety Foundation, a disturbing number of drivers in Australia are risking their lives and other motorists because they continue to drive their vehicles knowing that their tyres are also unsafe. A regular visit to a mechanic in Southport would let these drivers know that their tyres have reached a dangerous state.
Based on the result of the research, there are a number of alarming statistics that were revealed especially regarding tyre safety. For instance, around 30 per cent of motorists included in the data set were found to be driving despite knowing that their tyres are deemed unsafe. On one hand, 20 per cent of drivers said that they are only replacing the tyres which are referred to as dangerous when it suffered a flat or if it is no longer operational which is last resort.
The survey was done online and there are 1,000 participants which represents the entire nation as there are different gender, location and age range included. The figures are even worse for drivers that are between the age of 18 and 24. In this bracket, 43 per cent of these drivers admitted that they have driven their vehicles despite knowing that their tyres are no longer safe.
One more statistic from the report that proved to be worrying is that 43 per cent of the participants said that they do not have the knowledge to change tyres therefore they have to call for help.
In Australia, the tread tyre should be at least 1.6 mm in order to be considered safe. When the tread is lower than that number and the car is still used to drive around, it could warrant a defect notice from the police. The offending drive could pay hundreds of dollars as find.
According to the study’s sponsor, Australians can do something to lengthen the lifetime of their tyres by regularly checking the pressure as well as the treat at least once a month. If unsure, consulting a mechanic in South port is also recommended to ensure the safety of the driver, the passengers and the fellow motorists on the road.