MANY motorists are putting their lives at risk by never checking their tyre pressures or tread, it was revealed today.
As many as 15% of women drivers never check their tyres and 7% of motorists only make checks once a year, an NOP Automotive survey published by the RAC Foundation showed.
Only 4% of motorists check their tyres each journey and only 21% do it on a weekly basis.
The survey found half the women drivers questioned did not know the recommended pressures for their car's tyres.
Statistics show 6% of fatal motorway accidents are caused by the sudden failure of under-inflated tyres, while worn tyres contribute to 10% of accidents in the wet.
The survey results come at the start of National Think Before You Drive Month, launched by the RAC Foundation in association with motoring organisation the FIA Foundation and tyre company Bridgestone.
The campaign is backed by Formula One champion Michael Schumacher who said: "On the race track, the performance of my tyres can make the difference between winning and losing. On the road, the performance of your tyres could make the difference between living and dying."