My dad who should know better gave me that exact same response when I said his tyre was just on the limit. I quickly informed him that it would mean that the tyre was more likely to lock up in the wet, more likely to trigger ABS and trigger it for longer than normal, thus increasing stopping distances...
How the hell do people not get that simple premise?
It's a symptom of a society who think they live in bubble wrap. What I don't get is that when I did my car test some 5 years ago I was taught how to stop in an emergency using an ABS equipped vehicle. Nothing about what to do in a non ABS car and nothing about how to control it if you lose grip. Now I'm almost certain that if I were to get a car, insurance would mean I'd have to get something shit. It's also very likely that in those early inexperienced years where I'd be most likely to need ABS, I'd not have a car equipped with it.
Lack of education and training. We should also not be teaching young drivers how to pootle. We should be teaching them how to drive like everyone else and ideally how to drive properly down country lanes. Why do Finns win races? Because they spend a year learning how to drive and get taught properly when they're young. I.e. they treat it as the potentially dangerous, serious business that it is.
Beelady - they actually complained that they got a puncture just after a service? I once complained that my throttle stuck open when I turned right just after a service and caused me to crash.... think that was justified but are people really that thick? Or were you thinning the tyres with a power sander and covering them with superglue to pick up all the crap on the road? It's that isn't it!