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The company is warning people that failure to do the right checks on their car before a journey could result in significant roadside misery. It points to some shocking statistics which have been revealed by the UK’s largest breakdown recovery organisation, the AA.
In 2012, more than 12,000 drivers contacted the AA to report a tyre related incident when travelling on a public or bank holiday, but TyreSafe believes that a lot of these call outs could have been avoided if motorists carried out some simple tyre checks before setting off.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe said: “The high number of tyre related call outs attended by the AA last year on public holidays is quite worrying, especially when you consider that this is just one vehicle breakdown recovery organisation.
“Indeed, tyres that aren’t checked regularly or before any long journeys could be potentially hazardous, endangering the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users.”
One of the essential checks to carry out before a journey is to make sure your tyres have the correct air pressure in them. It is worth remembering that tyres might also need to be inflated to a higher pressure if you are carrying extra passengers or luggage such as bikes and roof boxes as these will increase the weight of the car overall. Failure to adjust a tyre’s pressure could mean that tyres become under-inflated causing excessive heat build up inside the tyre which can lead to a premature tyre failure.
To find out how to adjust your tyres to the correct pressure, consult your vehicle’s handbook , or look inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.
It is also important to check your tyre tread depth to make sure that all of your tyres are safe and legal. Current UK law requires car drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. Drivers failing to comply with this law, not only increase their safety risk on the road but they can also face fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre.
TyreSafe also recommends that motorists carry out a visual inspection of their tyres before a journey, which means ensuring that there are no objects embedded in the tread – if a tyre does show signs of lumps and bulges it should always be checked by a qualified professional prior to a trip.
For further information on how to stay safe this bank holiday, visit www.tyresafe.org to find a host of tyre safety advice and tips on how to inspect their tyres for a safer journey.