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Following research by TyreSafe among young drivers at the recent V-Festival, results revealed that one fifth of festival goers never checked their car’s tyre tread depths or pressures.
Results found that just one in four respondents admitted to making these checks in the last month, the maximum period recommended for inspections. Furthermore, one in ten people actually believe it was their parent’s responsibility to make their car tyres were safe and legal.
In preparation for student’s return to University, TyreSafe recommends that students carry out three simple but important tyre checks:
1. Check tyre pressure – to ensure tyres are in line with vehicle manufacturers recommended settings. You can find these details in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate located o the driver’s door sill.
2.Check tyre tread depths – to ensure they exceed the minimum legal amount which is 1.6mm. To do this, simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when inserted in to the tread, then the tyre has sufficient tread depth. However, if the outer band is visible, it may be below the legal minimum and should be inspected immediately by a qualified tyre professional.
3. Check the tyre condition – the overall condition of the tyre should be inspected, paying particular attention to any cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre. If any of these are present, again, the tyre should be inspected immediately.
Stuart Jackson, charirman at TyreSafe said: “Being a safe driver isn’t just about sticking to speed limits and ignoring your mobile phone. “There’s also a host of other important responsibilities such as making regular checks and carrying out basic maintenance on your tyres. When going back to university, it’s likely that the car is heavily laden or travelling a long distance, making it perhaps more important than ever that these checks are completed.”
Young drivers looking for more information about tyre care and maintenance can find a dedicated section on our website by clicking here.