Look after your tyres and your tyres will look after you

19 Oct 2018

October is Tyre Safety month and Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging motorists to check their tyres are safe and legal.

The month-long nationwide awareness campaign is being run by TyreSafe; a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of the dangers inherent with defective and illegal tyres. The condition of your tyres can severely affect the handling of your vehicle. If your tyres are in poor condition or do not have the correct pressure your vehicle will have reduced acceleration, difficulty handling corners and increased braking distances – all of which will make it harder for you to react to hazards in time and increase your chances of being involved in a collision.

Keeping your tyres in good condition and correctly inflated will also reduce fuel bills and CO2 emissions helping both your pocket and the environment.

The law says tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. However the Road Safety Team recommends changing when tread depth has reached a minimum of 3mm – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Their other top tips include:

Do a quick visual check for damage to your tyres before every journey.
Check the tyre pressure on a weekly basis; the correct pressures for your vehicle can be found on the car and in the vehicle’s hand-book.
Remember to change your tyre pressures to the recommended amount if your vehicle is fully loaded or you are towing.
Check the tyre tread depth on a weekly basis. If you don’t have a gauge you can simply use a 20p coin.
Don’t buy part-worn tyres! You may save money by buying part-worn tyres but there are no guarantees on their safety.
If you have to make use of a ‘temporary use’ spare tyre then don’t exceed 50mph and get it changed as soon as possible.

For more information on Tyre Safety month visit: www.tyresafe.org

 

 

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