New research has found that more than four million drivers could be at risk of an accident due to having defective steering.
A study for Kwik Fit has shown that one in eight motorists (12 per cent) say the steering in their vehicle pulls to one side or the other, with almost one million claiming that their steering pulls “significantly”.
It’s more likely that younger drivers will have defective steering, with 25 per cent of those under 34 saying their car pulls to one side when driving on a straight road. By contrast, just 2 per cent of drivers over 55 say they experience the same issue.
There are a number of reasons why a car will pull to one side, with incorrect tyre pressures one of the more common reasons. Another possible cause is incorrect wheel alignment, which can be caused by either natural wear or impact damage, and with 40 per cent of drivers reporting that they have hit a pothole in the last year, Britain’s crumbling roads could be one of the major causes of alignment problems.
Roger Griggs, communications director of Kwik Fit, said:
“It’s incredible to think that four million drivers are struggling with their steering on a daily basis – this is not only a safety issue but increases tyre wear and fuel consumption. We would encourage all those drivers to first check their tyre pressures and wear, and then have their alignment and suspension checked if needs be.”