Businesses are being urged to ensure company vehicles have correctly inflated tyres to improve safety and save money.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) together with An Garda Síochána and the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA), came together to highlight the importance of roadworthy tyres as part of Tyre Safety Day, held earlier this month.

According to the ITIA, tyres under-inflated by 20 per cent can add €17 per month to fuel costs. A company with a fleet of 20 vehicles with under-inflated tyres could have more than €4,000 added to its annual fuel costs every year.

In addition to fuel efficiency, the RSA said underinflation of tyres can also negatively impact grip handling and braking performance, increasing the risk of a crash, as well as the wear and lifespan of the tyre.

“With cost pressures being felt across all sectors of society, it is more important than ever to practice regular tyre maintenance as this can save on fuel costs,” said Sam Waide, Chief Executive of the RSA.

“Correctly maintained tyres not only save costs, most importantly they can save lives. Tyres are the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road and their importance is often overlooked. Ensure your tyres are properly inflated, check the tread depth and that they are free from cracks, tears, or bulges. If your tyres show signs of deterioration, you should have them replaced immediately.”

So far this year, 1,402 Fixed Charge Notices have been issued by An Garda Síochána for tyre offences.