Fewer cars on road with bad tyres
Fewer cars are now failing their warrants due to bad tyres, says Goodyear Dunlop Tyres head of technical.
Product and aviation Bill Prebble said national statistics suggested 100,000 fewer cars failed their warrant for tyre issues over the past two years.
That might mean more cars were being serviced regularly between warrants: it might also mean more tyres were being replaced at the end of the 12 month warrant cycle, he said.
To think that people were proactively checking their cars between warrants would be ‘‘a real change in the Kiwi psyche’’, he explained.
Prebble said the current system needed to be backed with more driver education.
AA principal advisor Mark Stockdale said the now 2-yearold change put New Zealand in line with other countries. The previous frequency was ‘‘out of proportion to the risk posed’’.
About 2.5% percent of crashes each year involved a vehicle defect, he said.
Stockdale said frequent checks had ‘‘lulled New Zealanders into a sense of complacency’’ and it was ‘‘disappointing’’ that some New Zealanders still had not become more responsible for their vehicle.
Carl Vaughan, managing director of Goodyear Auto Service Centre in Timaru with some bald tyres.