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Frank Byrnes urges tyre safety for drivers

FrankByrnesCampaign2016-CHECKING-TYRE3Following the recent campaign run by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) in association with SIMI on second-hand tyres, Frank Byrnes of Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs will host a free ‘Tyre Check’ clinic, on Thursday May 26, at his workshop at Glenascaul, Oranmore. Car owners and members of the public are invited to come along to have their tyres checked between 10am and 1pm.

“There a many factors which cause motor accidents. Unfortunately its part of my business that we see the results of car collisions on a weekly basis here in the workshop and one of the first things I do is check the tyres. All too often it is evident that the driver could have avoided such an incident had they replaced their tyres with safe quality tyres,” said Frank Byrnes.

“In advance of the summer holiday season and June bank holiday we urge car owners and drivers to check their tyres so as to keep themselves safe and avoid accidents if at all possible. Not only that, with the new penalty points for defective or worn tyres and a risk of a fine of €80 and 4 penalty points on conviction, it could be very costly in the long run to overlook your tyres.”

A new report from the RSA launched in April 2016 showed that vehicle factors played a role in 1 in 8 (101) fatal collisions in the period 2008 to 2012. Defective tyres were the most significant factor, representing almost two thirds (64.1% or 66) of all vehicle factors identified. 983 fatal collisions occurred on Irish roads between 2008 and 2012, claiming the lives of 1,077 people. The forensic details of 867 fatal collisions were analysed to identify the cause of the collision – of these, 858 involved a motorised vehicle. Vehicle factors, such as defective tyres, brakes, steering or suspension, were found to have contributed to 101 of these fatal collisions, in combination with behavioural factors such as speeding, alcohol or drug use.

Defective tyres were more prevalent in single vehicle crashes (74.1%) when compared to multiple vehicle crashes (57.6%). Sadly 111 people lost their lives and 30 were seriously injured in collisions where vehicle defects were a contributory factor and 71 people were killed and 19 were seriously injured in a collision where a vehicle had defective tyres as a contributory factor.

The safety of a tyre is directly related to how long it has been used for. So if you’re thinking of buying second hand tyres, remember what they could cost you. Second-hand or part-worn tyres are tyres which have been used on another vehicle. If buying a part worn tyre, consumers should ensure the tyre is safe and meets the minimum legal requirements. Consumers could also think about whether or not they’re getting real value for money, when putting themselves and their families at risk.