Tyre Safety

15 May 2017

At any one time your vehicle’s only contact with the road is through a small area, roughly the same size as a CD case, on each of its tyres. To ensure that this contact with the road surface is as good as it can be tyres should be checked on a regular basis. Tyre pressure and tread depth should be checked monthly, the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm (through the centre three quarters of the tread) but Somerset Road Safety recommends that you do not let your tread depth go below 3mm before having new tyres fitted. When you’re doing these monthly checks don’t forget to check the spare tyre at the same time.

It is also recommended that the newest tyres are fitted to the rear of the vehicles, so if you are changing your front tyres ask to have the rear tyres moved to the front and the new tyres fitted to the rear.

If you are carrying a full load of passengers, luggage, or towing, it is advisable to check the vehicle handbook and increase the tyre pressures by the stated amount

A visual inspection of your tyres should ideally be completed before each journey; it only takes a couple of seconds and will hopefully draw your attention to any possible issues or defects.

If a tyre bursts while you are driving, try to keep control of your vehicle by gripping the steering wheel firmly and allow the vehicle to roll to a stop at the side of the road. If you have a flat tyre, stop as soon as it is safe to do so. Only change the tyre if you can do so without putting yourself or others at risk – otherwise call a breakdown service.


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