Fewer cars on road with bad tyres

South Waikato News - - Motoring -

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.

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