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Check your tyres this monthBack

This month is tyre safety month and with the winter months approaching, it is well worth giving your tyres a thorough check to ensure you are prepared for the cold weather.

Tyre safety month has been organised by TyreSafe, a not-for-profit organisation, and a record number of garages and tyre retailers are showing their support to the campaign this month by offering motorists the chance to benefit from a free tyre safety check.

Tyre safety inspections are just one part of this year’s campaign which is based on motivating drivers to stay safe on the roads as we approach the most treacherous and wettest months of the year.

To ensure you have the best car tyres possible this winter, the free inspection will include a check to make sure tyres have an adequate tread depth as well as checking they are inflated to the correct setting and that they are free from any cuts, lumps or bulges which may hint at internal damage.

For those drivers preferring to inspect tyres themselves, the team at Trusted Dealers have outlined some of the key checks which should be made below:

  • Always check and adjust your tyre pressure according to your car’s vehicle handbook. Correctly inflated tyres will reduce stopping distances, increase levels of grip and improve fuel consumption.
  • Check the tread depth on 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 longer stopping distances and cause accidents.
  • Look for any uneven tyre wear as this could affect your wheel alignment and balance leading to premature replacement of your tyres.
  • Check the general condition of your tyres regularly and remove any stones or other objects from the tyre head. Clean dirt regularly from around the valve and ensure the valve caps are fitted properly to prevent air loss.
  • Keep note of the age of your tyres as tyres more than eight to ten years old should be replaced. Even if the tyres appear to have adequate tread depth left, they are more susceptible to punctures and less flexible than new tyres.

To find your nearest tyre retailer or garage offering free tyre safety checks throughout October, drivers can call the TyreSafe campaign hotline on 0845 301 6852 or visit


Posted by Leana Kell on 11/10/2012