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Motorists get tyre safety advice


A the long Easter weekend approaches, families are preparing to set off to spend time with relatives, which may involve long journeys up and down the country.
One of the main causes for concern is the number of vehicles driven on under inflated tyres.

Happy family on a road trip in their car

Air Pressure – correct tyre pressures are shown on a sticker in your car’s door shut, filler cap or in the owner’s manual. Use an accurate pressure gauge to ensure they are right for the load as part of your pre-journey planning

Condition – stones and other objects in the tread should be removed. Bulges, cracks, cuts and embedded objects are cause for concern and need to be checked by a professional

Tread – use a €1 coin to see whether your tyres’ tread depths are at least 1.6mm. Insert the 20p at several points across and around each tyre. If you can see the coin’s outer rim at any point the tyre is illegal and must be changed immediately.