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Unsafe tyres posing threat to motor insurance quotes
Drivers are putting themselves and their motor insurance quotes at risk by failing to check their tyres are safe, according to organisation TyreSafe.
The claim comes after research by the organisation revealed that three quarters of the cars on UK roads have under-inflated tyres and a quarter have at least one tyre that is either worn out or close to being so.
TyreSafe is warning motorists that having deflated tyres can reduce the preciseness of a vehicle's handling, thereby putting them at risk of an accident and a costly car insurance claim.
The Road Safety Minister backed TyreSafe's campaign and commented: "Keeping tyres at the right pressure is not only vital for staying safe on the road, it also makes the car more environmentally friendly and helps save on fuel costs.
"Under inflated tyres create more resistance when your car is moving, which means that your engine has to work harder, so more fuel is used and more CO2 emissions are produced."
Volkswagen has pledged to support the TyreSafe initiative, inviting motorists to bring their car, whatever the manufacturer, to their dealers for a free tyre check.
TyreSafe's research also showed that a shocking 90% of motorists did not know the correct tyre pressure for their car. Motorists wanting to protect their future car insurance quotes by improving their tyre safety knowledge can visit http://www.tyresafe.org for more information.
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