Bridgestone has gone the extra mile when it comes to wishing motorists a happy summer of motoring, by offering a few tips on tyre safety.
The world’s number one tyre manufacturer urges all drivers to keep their tyres in good condition and at the correct pressure because it is essential to your safety, especially on long trips.
Your tyres are your first line of defence against potentially dangerous situations on the road. To keep you and your passengers safe, it is essential to keep them in top condition. Make sure you pay special attention as well to caravan, camper and trailer tyres, especially if they have not been used for a while.
According to Bridgestone tyres own research, as many as 78% of vehicles in Europe may be driving on unsafe tyres, yet this can be identified and rectified in just a few minutes following these easy steps:
1. Check your tread depth.
Hope for sun but prepare for rain is Bridgestone’s mantra. Ensuring your tyres have sufficient tread depth is essential to driving with confidence in wet weather. Check your tread with a depth gauge or look for the tread depth indicators inside your tread. Remember that the legal minimum tread depth is of 1.6mm and there should always be a margin between the indicator and the outside of your tyre. If they are level, it is time to replace your tyres, especially before a long drive!
Insufficient tread-depth will significantly increase your stopping distances in the wet! It also increases the risk of aquaplaning which becomes dangerous, notably if you get caught in unexpected summer rain!
2. Check your tyre pressure
Your tyres are as essential to your safety on the roads as air tanks are for scuba divers underwater. You would not dive without checking your air pressure. The same goes for your tyres. Check your inflation pressure when your tyres are cold. And remember that the correct tyre pressure will usually be different for a fully loaded car. We also recommend to check your tyres in cold condition as warm air expands and can give an inaccurate pressure.
Under-inflated tyres will compromise your ability to brake and manoeuvre safely. They also consume more fuel and wear out much faster.
Where to find the right information for your vehicle? In your car booklet, door pillar or fuel valve you will have indicated the right inflation pressure. And if in doubt, consult a specialist!
3. Check for damage or wear
Cuts, scuffs, abrasions and other forms of damage can easily get worse over a long journey. Worn or damaged tyres are prone to blowing out while driving, potentially causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
Bridgestone is committed to improving road safety in Europe and has been conducting free tyre safety checks around Europe for several years in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of tyre safety. The combined results of those tests, however, reveal some alarming statistics. For example, the 78% of vehicles on unsafe tyres include over 28% of motorists driving on tyres that are either significantly under-inflated or worn beyond the legal limit, posing a serious safety risk. This is why Bridgestone urges motorists to check their tyres before leaving on holiday and before returning home. So you can enjoy the ride – and your holiday – with total peace of mind.
Denna Bowman, Head Office