Australian motorists are putting lives at risk by driving on unsafe tyres. That’s the damning verdict of a new survey which has revealed that 40% of drives are unaware of legal tyre safety standards and almost one in three have driven on tyres they suspected were unroadworthy.

The same number also admitted they have been fearful of an accident while driving on worn tyres.

Consumer research company Canstar Blue questioned more than 1,600 motorists who have purchased car tyres in the last 18 months and found that one in five drivers don’t know how to check if their tyres are too worn, while one in four are unclear as to what the correct air pressure of their tyres should be. “It’s deeply concerning to discover just how many drives are uninformed about legal tyre safety standards, but are still willing to get behind the wheel of their car,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Not only are they putting their own lives in danger by driving on worn tyres, they are also putting other road users at risk. Tyres seem to be one of those things that some drivers rarely consider and put to the back of their minds.

Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have bought new car tyres (not retreads) in the last 18 months – in this case, 950 drivers.

For the second year in a row, Pirelli has snatched the customer satisfaction award. Pirelli achieved five stars for overall customer satisfaction, value for money, warranty, noise, and customer service / advice.