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Parents urged to put tyre safety at the top of the class

As the new school year beckons, parents are being urged to put tyre safety on the top of their agenda

“The start of the new academic year means that we will be experiencing many more cars on the roads, particularly at peak times of the day,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Many of these cars may be used less frequently so it’s essential that their tyres are checked to ensure that they are roadworthy and legal so that the precious load is transported in a safe manner.”

TyreSafe is encouraging parents to check three key areas of their tyres. Firstly, pressures should be checked to ensure that they are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended settings, which can be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.

Secondly, tread depths should be examined to ensure they exceed the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference.

Finally, the general condition of the tyre should be inspected to ensure they are free from lumps, cuts and bulges. Also any foreign objects embedded in the tread should also be removed.

“Dropping children off at the school gates can be a particularly tough job for tyres with issues such as repeated kerb strikes to deal with,” concludes Jackson. “Making these vital safety checks only takes a couple of moments but could make the world of difference to the safety of you and your children. Of course, this isn’t just a one time job; it’s something that we all should be doing on an ongoing basis at least once a month.”

Parents keen to embrace the back to school ethos and learn more about any aspect of tyre safety can do so by visiting here. Alternatively anyone unsure of how to check their tyres is advised to visit their nearest professional tyre fitting centre.
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