October is national tyre safety month. During this month-long campaign, organised by TyreSafe, motorists will be encouraged ‘Don’t chance it – check it!’ Carrying out regular vehicle and tyre safety checks is paramount to ensure yours and your passengers’ safety.
The research conducted by TyreSafe found that as many as 57% of car and van tyres are being driven below the recommended inflation pressures, which has adverse effects in more ways than just your safety. Whilst you are more likely to be involved in a collision or accident whilst driving with under inflated tyres, you will also be spending more on fuel than you actually need to.
Tread depth is important to maintain good grip on wet roads, which is vital this time of year. As the tread wears down, the tyres will lose their ability for good grip. The ‘20p test’ is a quick way to check the tread depth.
Place the 20p coin into the main tread grooves at three points across the tyre, then repeat around its circumference. If the outer band is visible, the tyres may be unsafe or illegal and needed to be checked by a professional.
Having the right pressure ensures the car handles as it should, reduces the risk of sudden deflation and helps keep fuel consumption of the vehicle at its optimal level. The car manufacturer typically displays the correct pressures in the filler cap, door shut, the owner’s manual or alternatively you can pop into your local Motorline centre.
Whilst you’re checking tyre pressures, it’s a good opportunity to have a look at your tyre’s condition. If you notice any bumps, lumps or objects sticking in them – you need to have the tyre inspected by a professional.