Nearly half of breakdowns caused by tyre issues

Damaged tyre on the side of the motorway

A worrying 47.6 per cent of all breakdowns on UK Motorways and A-roads over the last three years were caused by tyre issues, according to motor insurance loss adjuster Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA).

In February, National Highways confirmed that there were 5,934 tyre-related incidents on the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in 2021, rising to 7,095 in 2022 and 7,762 in 2023, including blowouts which led to serious collisions.

Philip Swift, technical director at CMA, said:

“From a fleet and insurance perspective, this new data gives a great insight into highway claims costs. The first thing we noted was that the cause of many incidents was not specified. Stripping these out, the true scale of the tyre problem became shockingly obvious – they have increased year-on-year since 2021 and now cause roughly half of all highway breakdowns.

Carriageway closures cause huge disruption and can also lead to sizeable insurance claims involving infrastructure repair costs. Unlike out of fuel, for tyre issues you have to ask: Who was negligent? For years, we’ve been highlighting a worrying rise in ‘swerve to avoid’ and ‘tyre blowout’ claims. If an incident was caused by debris that should have been cleared, far from accepting blame, there could well be a case for making a ‘red claim’ for damage to your vehicle. A contractor we met was blunt – the safety push to reduce the number of carriageway crossings by staff has unfortunately led to an increase in debris.

A further factor to consider is the high number of vehicles now fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). These days, there’s often hard evidence with which to either refute a claim against a driver or pursue the relevant authority if appropriate. This is an underappreciated area of motor insurance that drivers, fleet operators and insurers would be wise to gen up on.”

Busy month of Trade Shows for Air-Seal Products

Ben Collard from Air-Seal & Kaleb Cooper from Clarkson's Farm
June has been a busy month for Air-Seal, as they have recently attended two national events: the Road Transport Expo (RTX) and the Cereals Event.

Road Transport Expo (RTX): From June  4-6, 2024, Air-Seal Products joined the bustling scene at the RTX, held at NAEC Stoneleigh. This expo is a must-attend for anyone involved with HGV fleets. At their stand, Air-Seal Products showcased their top-tier sealants designed to keep tyres in peak condition and to avoid costly downtime. Visitors got to see the live demos, chat with the team, and even snag some exclusive show deals. 

Trade Show Stand with Demo Tyre
Ben Collard, Alex Burnand of Air-Seal with Kaleb Cooper and friends

Cereals Event: Just a few days later, on June 11-12, 2024, Air-Seal Products set up at the Cereals Event, the UK’s go-to event for the arable farming community. This event was packed with everything related to farming. Air-Seal’s stand was a hit, with live demonstrations showing how their tyre sealants can keep farm machinery running smoothly by sealing punctures and maintaining tyre pressure. Attendees had their chance to talk directly with the Air-Seal team and take advantage of special event offers, we even saw the odd familiar face – Kaleb Cooper from the Amazon TV series Clarkson’s Farm!

Both events were fantastic opportunities for Air-Seal products to connect with their audience, demonstrate the benefits of their products, and offer some great deals. 

If you missed Air-Seal at either of the above events. Fear not! The team will be attending the Hillhead exhibition at Buxton Quarry from the 25th – 27th June.