HANOVER, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the recent research*, drivers in the United Kingdom have bought approximately 23 million second-hand tyres over the last five years. The British part-worn tyre market is growing rapidly, which causes a great concern among safety experts. The same study estimates that close to 30% of second-hand tyres sold in the UK are not fit for driving and may be potential death-traps. These figures are extremely worrisome as the safety of thousands of British drivers is therefore compromised.
Active automotive safety technologies such as ABS (anti-lock braking), ESP (electronic stability program) and PEBS (predictive emergency braking) are vital safety systems that are helping to reduce accidents on the road. However, in order to ensure that these technologies work effectively and guarantee our safety, it is equally important to have good quality tyres fitted to a vehicle.
With the cost of motoring continuing to escalate, one area where motorists are looking to save money is when replacing tyres. Philip von Grolman from mytyres.co.uk warns: “Yet it is a false economy and short term thinking to go for part worn or second hand tyres, which may prove to be dangerous as well. The fallacy is that initially it seems that money can be saved. But apart from taking on risks, those second hand tyres usually have to be changed very soon; spending double of the time, effort and money.” Moreover, according to safety experts, second hand tyres can implicate hidden dangers, which may not be detected; the “amateur motorist” never knows, on which extend the supposed bargain tyres have been used and if they not even have been involved in an accident. Those hidden damages can be highly critical and life threatening.
Additionally, under the Consumer Protection Act, every part-worn tyre sold in the UK must bear a special stamp on the sidewall indicating that the tyre has been properly checked before being put back on the market. Motorists driving on second-hand tyres without such a marking risk a £100 fine and three penalty points. The abovementioned research showed that almost 60% of drivers did not see the required stamps on their part-worn tyres.
It is on the other hand so easy to stay safe and save money. The online store www.mytyres.co.uk offers a huge range of affordable tyres, amongst attractive quality budget brands for the best possible tyre choice for almost every vehicle. Tyres, bought at mytyres.co.uk are very often even cheaper than second hand tyres, but at least you can purchase brand-new tyres at the online store for the same price range you would spent on second hands. The aim of every responsible motorist should be to ensure reliable operation over the entire useful life of the vehicle for each safety-related system and part. Maintenance and service should therefore not be neglected.
Drivers looking to replace tyres can find a wealth of information on the mytyres.co.uk website – part of Europe’s leading online tyre retailing group, Delticom AG. The company offers a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets and requirements. In addition to enjoying the best prices available and actual tyre information, purchasing online at mytyres.co.uk provides an unequalled range of tyre brands. Also, ease of ordering day and night, security of purchase and the benefit of having the tyres delivered to the motorists preferred address - at home, place of work or to one of over 2.000 professional fitting partners throughout the United Kingdom.
* Source: “Motorists running risks with dangerous tyres” 2014, www.lv.com.
Full details of tyres ranges can be found at the online store www.mytyres.co.uk, and Delticom online stores in other countries.
Online store for spare parts: www.123spareparts.co.uk
Other online stores in the UK:
For garages and dealers: www.yourtyres.co.uk
Motorcycle tyres: www.moto-tyres.co.uk
Tyre test site: www.tyretest.com
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