Company car drivers fail to check tyre pressures

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Fleet managers have been urged to take action over tyre pressures after new figures revealed company car drivers were worse than private motorists at maintaining the correct inflation.

Andy Fern, Michelin’s recently appointed head of fleet, said he was shocked to discover businesses and public sector organisations had a poorer record of tyre pressures than the general public.

Results from pressure checks carried out by Michelin technicians at ‘Fill Up With Air’ days showed 59% of consumers’ tyres were being driven at the correct pressures compared with just 46% of fleet drivers’ tyres.

Furthermore, 25% of fleet drivers’ tyres were ‘dangerously’ or ‘very dangerously’ under inflated compared with 14% of private motorists.

“These figures are surprising to say the least,” said Mr Fern. “We would expect business drivers to be much more aware of how important tyre pressures are to the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of their vehicle.

“It’s hard to say whether it is a case of individuals ignoring fleet managers’ advice, or if the messages are not being given out frequently enough. I just don’t know. Either way, these figures show there is still a lot of work to be done in this area.”

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