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As the roads are getting even busier this summer holiday with plenty of people choosing to holiday in the UK during the heat wave, Trusted Dealers is advising motorists to be prepared for journeys and check your tyres before a journey.
Trusted Dealers is supporting the summer campaign by TyreSafe, the UK road charity which raises awareness of the need for driver diligence over the summer break.
Statistics from the Department for Transport have shown that more than one third of tyre-related incidents occur in the summer months, and with 57 per cent of Brits enjoying a ‘staycation’ this summer, the aim is to minimise accidents on the road so the UK public can enjoy the sunshine.
So, why are there more tyre-related incidents in the summer? The answer is a combination of factors ranging from unexpected bad weather and drivers unfamiliar with country roads, to long journeys with fully-laden cars.
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “As part of our Vision Zero initiative which aims for zero accidents, injuries or fatalities on our roads – we are keen to make motorists aware of the small steps they can take to make their journey safer this summer.
“With a spell of good weather, it is easy to get a little complaisant in a way motorists might not be in the winter when they are braced for rain, snow and ice.
“It is vital that, whatever the season, people remain alert to changes in conditions and ensure that their tyres are in top condition.
“With school’s about to break up, and more than half of Britons planning on taking their 2018 summer holiday in the UK, these simple checks can help reduce the risk of an unwanted disruption.”
While temperature records have been broken this year, in the UK it rains an average of 156.2 days of the year, meaning drivers risk being caught off guard when braking counts in a critical situation.
On summer tyres, braking distances on wet roads at 60mph increase by as much as 15m – making it vital that drivers remain vigilant, checking they have adequate tread depth and correct inflation.
For more information on how to stay safe on the roads this summer, take a look at TyreSafe’s Guide to Summer Motoring which takes an informative approach to educating motorists about the essential checks they should carry out.