October 17, 2017

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CHECKED YOUR TYRES?

Tyre-Safety_importance_of checking_your_tyres_writeonmotoringMotorists who forget to check their tyres could be risking significant roadside misery warns TyreSafe, which points to shocking statistics revealed by one of the UK’s biggest breakdown recovery organisations.

Last year alone, more than 12,000 drivers called the AA for a tyre related incident when travelling on a public or Bank Holiday. However, by carrying out just a few simple tyre checks before setting off, drivers can significantly reduce the risk of a tyre related incident and reach their destination safely advises TyreSafe.

“Tyres that aren’t checked regularly or before any long journeys could be potentially hazardous, endangering the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

Simple tyre checks before setting off can significantly reduce the risk of a tyre related incident. These include inflating tyres to a higher pressure if carrying extra passengers and luggage, such as bikes and roof boxes, due to the increased weight. Under-inflated tyres can cause excessive heat build-up, leading to possible premature tyre failure. Details of the car’s correct pressure settings can be found in the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.

Meanwhile, tread depth should also be checked to ensure tyres are both safe and legal. Current UK law requires car drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. Drivers failing to comply with this law, not only increase their safety risk on the road but they can also face fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre.

A visual inspection of the tyres is also strongly recommended and drivers should remove any objects which have become embedded in the tread. If any tyre show signs of lumps, bulges or cuts then it should be checked immediately by a qualified tyre professional.

“Most drivers take the sensible precaution of checking their oil and water levels before a long journey and the same should also apply to checking the state of the tyres.” Added Jackson.

Further information on tyre safety advice can be found at www.tyresafe.org

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