Is it time for a change?
As the winter nights draw in, TyreSafe is reminding drivers that it’s not just their clocks that may need changing this weekend. Now is also the ideal time to check if their tyres are legal and safe enough to carry them through the winter months when road conditions become more treacherous and accident levels typically increase.
“The clocks going back this weekend are a timely reminder to drivers that winter is well and truly on its way and with it, the need for extra care and attention on the road,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “The cold and damp conditions mean that roads can easily become slippery and dangerous so it’s essential that your tyres are in the best possible state to cope with this.”
Drivers heeding TyreSafe’s warning are advised to check three key items to maximise their safety on the road. Pressures should be checked to ensure they are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended levels. The condition of tyres should be inspected to ensure they are free from cuts, lumps or bulges. Finally, tread depth should be checked to ensure it is well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm around the entire circumference of the tyre.
Drivers wishing to check their tyres themselves can find a host of advice, information and ‘how-to’ guides on TyreSafe’s website, www.tyresafe.org. However, as part of October’s tyre safety month, hundreds of garages and tyre retailers across the country are offering complimentary, no-obligation tyre safety checks.