Michelin and ATS Euromaster in Easter hunt for under-inflated tyres

Correctly inflated tyres improve safety and fuel efficiency

Tyre experts Michelin and ATS Euromaster are teaming up with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to ensure motorists heading to the continent this Easter reach their destinations safely.
Michelin’s ‘Fill up with Air’ roadshow will be at the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminal in Folkestone on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 April 2012, between 7am and 3.30pm, offering free tyre safety inspections for departing vehicles.

A seven-strong team of tyre specialists will be checking tread depths, pressures and inspecting tyres for potential safety hazards such as objects penetrating the tread and lumps, bulges, cracks or tears to the sidewalls. Plus for the first time, by teaming up with ATS Euromaster, the Fill up with Air roadshow will be offering on-site puncture repairs – free of charge.

Michelin’s Head of Communications, Phil Baldock, explains: “Every driver should check their tyres at least once a month and before any long journey, but in reality we know this often doesn’t happen. Our Fill up with Air roadshow is designed to educate motorists about the importance of tyre safety and to help get dangerous tyres off the road.

In 2011 the Fill up with Air roadshow toured more than 40 different sites in the UK between May and October – inspecting approximately 10,000 individual tyres. It found a shocking 39 per cent of motorists were driving on dangerous or very dangerously under-inflated tyres, whilst 5 per cent were unaware of the fact they had a punctured tyre.

Additionally, research from Kwik Fit reveals that motorists are wasting almost £1 billion a year on excess fuel by driving with under-inflated tyres. Its nationwide survey shows that over two thirds (69%) of cars in the UK are being driven on tyres that are at least 3psi under the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Kwik Fit’s research also shows that in warm weather 9.7 million drivers are unwittingly increasing their consumption by turning off their air conditioning and opening a window instead. But this is a false economy as the drag created by the open window can significantly affect their car’s aerodynamics and therefore fuel consumption.

In warm weather an open window may be a better option for fuel saving motorists in stop-start traffic but once moving freely Kwik Fit advises drivers to turn to the a/c. New analysis of the latest traffic data for Kwik Fit reveals that with just an average 5% drop in fuel efficiency, on a single warm day, drivers opting for a ‘windows down’ approach could be increasing the nation’s fuel bill by over £650,000 a day.

More information
Michelin and ATS Euromaster both offer advice on selecting the correct tyre and how to keep it in tip top condition. Visit www.michelin.co.uk and www.atseuromaster.co.uk for more information.

Kwik Fit offers an air-conditioning gas recharge service at centres nationwide for just £49, and if the lowest air vent temperature hasn’t been lowered by 10% there’s no charge. Bookings can be made online at www.kwik-fit.com.

Green Guide Top Ten Tips for Transport & Travel
Using your car less
Check your tyre pressures at least once a month

Share this