This month is national Tyre Safety month and we’re urging the public to check your tyres.
The awareness raising month is organised by TyreSafe, who are encouraging drivers to check the air pressure, condition and tread depth on their tyres at least once a month and prior to long journeys.
Adam Pipe, Head of Essex Roads Policing, said:
Regular tyre safety checks can reduce the risk of an incident on our roads so it’s important that drivers regularly take a few minutes to check their tyres to ensure their and their passengers’ safety. Tyres that are bald or underinflated cause the vehicle to cost more to run, but more importantly, could potentially contribute to a breakdown, or worse, a collision. A bald patch could cause the tyre to burst open, making it difficult to control the car and bring it to a safe stop. Driving with under-inflated tyres or low thread tyres makes your braking distance longer and your vehicle harder to steer. By making it a routine part of your car maintenance, a visual check will allow you to see embedded stones or objects that should be removed, and any resulting tears or punctures will need to be repaired or the tyre replaced. If you see any visible bulges in your tyre walls or that the steering wheel is pulling to one side, meaning the wheels aren’t aligned, seek professional help and take your vehicle to a garage.
You should check that the tyre pressure is correct for your car. Your tyre pressures can be found in your manufacturer’s handbook, inside the fuel cap or in the driver’s door sill.
Legally, your tyres should have a tread of at least 1.6mm. If you’re stopped by the police and found with illegal tyres, you could receive a £2,500 fine and three penalty points per tyre.
Poor tyre pressure and over-worn tyres cause collisions on our roads.
Anyone taking a long or significant journey should check their vehicle before setting off, including tyre pressure, tyre tread, fuel, oil, screenwash and lights.
For any significant or long journey, always check your tyre pressure is in line with your make and model’s recommendations – found in your vehicle’s manual, petrol cap or driver door – and that tyre tread is more than 1.6mm.
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