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Tyre safety tips for families going on long drives this half term

One of the UK’s leading tyre safety warning group TyreSafe has warned families across the nation to check their tyres before heading off on a break this Half Term.  Not only could you endanger your own life but also that from others. In addition to this you could be fined for up to £2500 and get up to 3 penalty points on your license per illegal tyre. More than half (56.4 per cent) of motorists are driving on illegal tyres at the point of replacement.

What to check on a weekly basis:

Check you tyre pressure

  • Check the recommend tyre pressure in the owner’s manual. You can check the pressure and inflate it at your local petrol station. Please keep in the back of your mind that if you are carrying a lot of luggage or passengers that the manufacturer’s recommend pressure will often change

Check your tread depth

  • The legal limit must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the tread around the entire circumference of the tyre.
  • Insert a 20p coin in the main groves of the tyre and do this at several places of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is still visible it is worth getting this checked out by a specialist.

Check the condition of your tyres

  • Check for sign of wear such as cuts, bulges and sidewall damage. It also important to remove any stones or other embedded items in the tread. If there is any cuts, bulges and sidewall damages we advise to see a tyre specialist.
  • Also check your spare tyre if the pressure is still good as well as it being in a good condition.

 

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