Friday 19 November 2010


A survey has revealed a large number of parents do not consider their child’s safety when it comes to travelling by bus or coach this winter.

76% of those surveyed admitted they didn’t think about the type of tyres fitted to school buses, which are frequently used for educational excursions and transportation about town. The poll of 500 parents also showed that 82% felt it was the responsibility of the school to enforce tyre checks and 26% said they didn’t know the difference between cold weather and summer tyres.

The survey was commissioned by leading tyre manufacturer Goodyear as the firm continues to promote the importance of road safety. The firm hopes that through the right education we will not see events like the Lanark Grammar School coach crash, which killed a teenage girl and injured 44 earlier this year as the vehicle lost control on icy roads in southwest Scotland.

Kate Rock, Goodyear’s pr support manager, commented: “Tyre safety is of great concern to us and at Goodyear we have an important role to play in educating society on the benefits of cold weather tyres.

“When the cold weather hits it’s imperative that tyres provide motorists with the correct grip, traction and control to tackle the difficult driving conditions. We believe that safety is a shared responsibility and that together we can put pressure on bus and coach operators to ensure that their vehicles are fitted with the right tyres to tackle the weather conditions.”

For further information and tips on how to drive safely this winter visit


News release issued on behalf of Goodyear by Connect PR

For further information call Lee Southen on 01902 714 957 or email

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