December 12, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Warns 'Hard Up' Motorists to Tread Carefully When Purchasing Second Hand Tyres

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - Swinton, the UK's leading retailer of cheap car insurance, is warning drivers that purchasing cheap second hand tyres could be potentially dangerous especially over the winter months.

Last winter worn tyres were the blame for 1,215 casualties in the UK, figures from the Department of Transport show that 18 motorists were killed due to defective tyres.

A recent survey showed that 43% of drivers are more willing to put themselves at risk if it results in saving a few pounds and Swinton is urging drivers to invest in new tyres before considering buying second hand.

Swinton is highlighting the possible dangers of buying second hand tyres:

  • Part worn tyres can suffer from severe structural damage that can not be seen by the naked eye
  • Second hand tyres do not last long and will need replacing sooner than new ones
  • Defective tyres can affect braking distance, adding two car lengths when travelling in wet weather at 50mph
  • Used tyres on average have only 3mm of thread, resulting in motorists only paying for 1.4mm tread depth compared to the legal depth of 1.6mm
  • Most part worn tyres purchased have not been MoT checked

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton says, "Purchasing second hand tyres during winter could put drivers and other road users at risk. There is no rule stating that you cannot purchase part worn tyres however Swinton is advising motorists to consider investing in new ones. Complications can occur with part worn tyres and could leave you claiming on your car insurance. Tyre safety is a serious issue and if there is a possibility that the tyre can not perform well then it should be ruled out."

Swinton is currently working with Goodyear Tyres to promote the fitment of winter tyres. Once the weather drops below 7°C, the rubber on regular 'summer' tyres hardens up, lessening their grip on the road. Cold weather tyres are manufactured with more natural rubber and silica, which keeps them supple in the colder weather offering greater grip in cold conditions including snow and ice and can offer up to 55% reduction in braking distance.

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at Manchester PR Agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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