- Air pressure – under- or over-inflated tyres will affect car handling and grip; properly inflated tyres reduce running costs and increase tyre life. Correct pressures can be found in the owner’s manual, fuel filler cap or door shut. There are likely to be at least two recommended pressures – one for a light load and the other when fully laden, such as when travelling with family and all their luggage. Adjust pressures within two miles of home, not after travelling many miles.
- Tread depth – drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning on wet roads. The minimum legal tread depth of all car, van (below 3.5 tonnes gross), trailer, caravan and motorhome tyres is 1.6mm. A 20-pence piece can be used as a guide to how close the tread is to the legal limit. Place the coin edge in the main tread of the tyre and look to see if the border is visible. If it is, you should have it checked by a professional as it may be illegal and unsafe to use.
- Condition – all tyres should be free from any cuts, lumps, bulges or cracking. If there is any doubt of a tyre’s roadworthiness, have it checked by a professional
- Spare wheel/tyre – spare tyres must be given the same checks in case there is a need to use them. If you don’t have a spare, drivers should be familiar with the how to use the spacesaver or emergency repair kit supplied with their vehicle
This article was posted on 20th July 2017 in Latest News and tagged: automotive, car pressure, car safety, caravan safety, holidays, part worn, tread depth, tyre pressure, tyre safety, tyres