TyreSafe is reminding drivers to practise #SafeTyreChecks as they load up their vehicles for the summer holiday season.
While the majority of cars are driven with just one or two passengers and light loads for most of the year, the additional luggage and number of occupants carried on vacation demands all the tyres’ air pressures are adjusted to safely accommodate the extra weight. If not, the car will use more fuel than necessary and the tyres will wear more quickly, but more importantly the way it handles will be affected and the chances of a sudden deflation increase substantially.
Ensuring tyres have the correct air pressure is one of a number of #SafeTyreChecks which should be carried out every month and before long journeys. Tyres should be inspected for general roadworthiness, have no bulges, cuts or other damage, and the tread depth should be above the legal limit of 1.6mm.
“Almost every family holiday begins with a road trip, whether that’s all the way to the final destination or to the airport,” said TyreSafe chairman, Stuart Jackson. “For most of us, that load will be unusually high, but too few families take this into account and they don’t adjust their tyre pressures to match. By overlooking these checks, motorists are introducing an unnecessary risk to their journey, so TyreSafe is urging everyone to practise #SafeTyreChecks this summer.”
Motorists can find a range of guides to help them carry out these routine checks , including the ‘Meet the McIntyres‘ video. This short animation provides an easily accessible guide to #SafeTyreChecks to help the motorist ACT.
ACT on #SafeTyreChecks
Air pressure: Check air pressures when the tyres are cold. If you have to travel before you can check them, travel at low speed and for no more than two miles. Remember to ensure the tyres are at the right pressure for the load, which will be indicated in the owners’ manual, on the door frame or the fuel flap.
Condition: Defective tyres are the leading cause of death or serious injury caused by a vehicle defect. Drivers are advised to inspect their vehicle’s tyres for signs of irregular wear or damage such as cuts, lumps or bulges.
Tread depth: The law requires a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference of the tyre. A simple way to check is using TyreSafe’s 20p test. Insert the 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the circumference of the tyre and across its width. If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible whenever you check the tread, your tread depth may be illegal and you should have them checked by a qualified tyre specialist.
Remember your spare: Do you have a spare wheel? If not, do you know how you will deal with needing to remove your wheel and tyre? Unless you plan on using the breakdown services, take the time to read your manual to learn how to properly use tyre sealants, compressor/inflation kits, or run flat tyres. If in any doubt, contact a reputable tyre retailer for clarification.
If you do have a full-sized spare or a space saver tyre, you should check it’s properly inflated; the tread depth is above the legal limit; and it’s in good working condition (remember speed and distance restrictions will apply to space savers). Don’t forget to be sure you have a functioning jack and tyre brace.
This article was posted on 24th July 2015 in Tyre Safety