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Underinflated tyres 'could cost lives'

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Approved used car drivers have been warned over the dangers of driving in bad weather with incorrect tyre pressures.

Schrader Electronics has issued the safety warning a year ahead of the introduction regulations requiring cars to have tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) installed as standard across Europe.

Vehicle buyers have consistently failed to invest in additional safety measures, including TPMS and electronic stability programmes, according to research by the firm.

This is despite at least seven in ten UK motorists admitting to never checking their tyre pressures.

Schrader vice president Alfonso Di Pasquale explained: "When the right technology is used, and since the vast majority of drivers simply do not check tyre pressure or tread depth, a well designed direct TPMS is so important as it would fully substitute the forgetful consumer."

Tyresafe recently warned that drivers should take extra precautions in bad winter weather, by installing specialist tyres designed to cope with the difficult conditions on the road.ADNFCR-2576-ID-800344306-ADNFCR

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