According to TyreSafe, there are over 37 million vehicles on the UK’s roads – but did you know, potentially one-in-four has illegal or poorly maintained tyres?
This week is the start of Tyre Safety month. Don’t take a chance with your safety. Carry out these simple checks.
Your tyres’ tread is critical for acceleration braking, steering and cornering. The legal minimum limit for car tyre tread around its entire circumference.
To check your tread, place a 20p coin into the main tread groves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread depth is above the legal limit. If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres may be illegal and unsafe.
Correct tyre pressures reduce the risk of experiencing a rapid deflation, also ensure optimal braking and handling. Correctly inflated tyres also last longer and use less fuel.
You can find the recommended pressure in your door shut, fuel filler cap or owner’s manual, and you can top up with air at most service stations.
Check your tyres for any bulges, lumps or cuts and remove any stones embedded in the tread. If something doesn’t look right, have it inspected immediately by a tyre professional.
Make sure you carry these checks once a month, and before long journeys.
To find out more about Tyre Safety Month, visit www.tyresafe.org/campaigns/tyre-safety-month-2016-2/.