With the final Bank Holiday of the year fast approaching, TyreSafe is urging motorcyclists to ACT before embarking on any planned trips. ACT encourages motorcyclists to follow three easy steps to improve tyre safety: –Air pressure
· Check the manufacturer’s manual to confirm the correct tyre pressure for the motorcycle.
· Motorcyclists travelling with a passenger or heavy load are urged to check the recommended tyre pressure for the bike when fully laden.
Condition of tyres and wheels
· Clean the dirt from the valves and make sure that valve caps are fitted to each whee
· Remove stones and other foreign objects from treads
· If motorcyclists spot uneven tyre wear, they are advised to have their wheels and tyres balanced.
· Current tread depth legislation requires that a motorcycle with an engine size of more than 50cc must have a minimum of 1mm of tread in a continuous band throughout three-quarters of the tread width and over the whole circumference of the tyre. TyreSafe recommends that motorcyclists consider changing their tyres before the legal limit.
“Typically motorcyclists are much more aware of correct tyre condition,” explains TyreSafe chairman Rob Beddis. “However, for many, this Bank Holiday weekend may be the last time this year that they will venture out on their bike. It is critical that riders follow the principles of ACT to ensure a safe weekend’s riding.”
Motorcyclists preferring to have their tyres checked professionally can take their vehicle to any reputable tyre retailer, who will be able to provide tyre safety advice and information.
TyreSafe is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres. TyreSafe has campaigned consistently to underline the importance of tyre safety for more than 15 years and was rewarded with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2001.
TyreSafe receives positive support from many major tyre manufacturers and retailers, and has been credited with reducing the number of defective tyres in the UK over the past decade from 18% to 12%.
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