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Report suggests up to 30 per cent of Australian motorists knowingly drive on dangerous tyres

Thirty per cent of respondents to the survey said they had knowingly driven on dangerous tyres.
Tom White
Journalist
CarsGuide

2 Nov 2018 • 4 min read

A new report released by the Australian Road Safety Foundation has found that an alarming number of Australians put themselves and others at risk by knowingly driving on unsafe tyres.

The research unearthed a number of disturbing statistics on tyre safety. Up to 30 per cent of drivers in the data set have knowingly driven on unsafe tyres, while 20 per cent would “only replace a dangerous tyre if it was flat or they absolutely had to”.

The survey was conducted online and covered 1000 individuals with a nationally representative spread of age, gender and location.

The numbers jump further for the 18-24 age bracket, where up to 43 per cent of drivers were found to have knowingly driven on unsafe tyres in the past.

Twenty per cent of respondents admitted that they would "only replace a dangerous tyre if it was flat or they absolutely had to." (image credit: Tom White) Twenty per cent of respondents admitted that they would "only replace a dangerous tyre if it was flat or they absolutely had to." (image credit: Tom White)

Another alarming statistic that emerged from the report was that 43 per cent of survey respondents would need to call someone else to change a flat tyre.

The legal minimum amount of tread for ‘safe tyres’ in Australia is 1.6mm and driving on tyres with less tread can result in police issuing a defect notice, with fines in the hundreds of dollars. Check your state’s defect laws for the current fine or demerit penalties.

The national marketing manager for Bob Jane T-Marts, a sponsor for the study, said Australians can increase the health (or life-time) of their tyres by “simply checking tyre pressure and tread on a monthly basis”. Multiple outlets also recommend maximising tyre life by rotating tyres every 10,000km to reduce uneven wear.

How often do you check the condition of your tyres? Share your thoughts in the comments below.