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This month, Tyresafe is asking drivers in Britain, the tongue-in-cheek question: When did you last do it? The ideal response being, “at least once a month and before long journeys”. It is hoped that the cheeky question will remind road users nationwide to check their tyres, to help prevent accidents on the road this winter.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chairman , said: “This Tyre Safety Month, we are hoping our tongue-in-cheek campaign will encourage local people to tell us when they last did it and where, and to think about how often they check their tyres.
“Research shows there is still much to be done in changing motorists’ attitudes to tyre safety – with one in five drivers having never checked their tyres and nearly 10 million dangerous and illegal tyres likely to be driven on Britain’s roads this year.”
Why are tyre checks so important?
Tyres are one of the most important features on your vehicle – they work hard every day to cushion you from bumps, help you to maintain responsive steering and most importantly they allow you to stop quickly should you need to. It is therefore important to look after them and recognise when they need replacing
Over time, your tyres will begin to wear down, and not only can this impact on your driving experience, but eventually your tyres can become unsafe and possibly illegal to use on the road which is why it is important to regularly check their condition.
The safety of you, your passengers and other road users can all be linked to the condition of your tyres. If your tyre tread depth falls below the legal limit of 1.6mm, it can have a detrimental effect on your driving capability.
What are the penalties for using illegal tyres?
The penalties for using tyres with a tread below the legal requirement of 1.6mm are listed below:
|Number of illegal tyres||Fine up to||Point’s on licence|
When should you replace your tyres?
The EU law requires a minimum of 1.6mm, but it is recommended to change your tyre once it reaches 2.5-3mm. Insufficient tread depth can lead to reduced braking distances, especially in wet weather. With thousands of accidents caused by poor weather each year, replacing your tyres before they get below 3mm could make a real difference to your vehicle’s safety.
For more information on how to regularly maintain your tyres, visit: www.trusteddealers.co.uk/tyres