October marks the start of the annual Tyre Safety Month campaign which aims to drive home the crucial role tyres play in protecting lives on the UK roads.
It also sees the beginning of the Go Sober campaign to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Stoptober to encourage smokers to kick the habit.
While the latter two campaigns involve weeks of participation, it can require just a few minutes to take an active part in the annual event organised by TyreSafe – and yet it can help save countless lives.
With the slogan “Don’t chance it – check it”, the Tyre Safety Month theme follows on from a survey conducted by TyreSafe which revealed that more than one in four British motorists are replacing their tyres when they were already illegal.
If the statistics are applied to this year alone, it will mean that potentially 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres have been on Britain’s roads during 2016 and driving with defective tyres is one the largest contributory factors to accidents.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “Tyres are a safety critical component on any vehicle and the only one in contact with the road, and while modern vehicles give occupants a far greater chance of surviving a collision – even walking away uninjured – well-maintained tyres will significantly reduce the risk of being involved in an incident in the first place.”
It is no coincidence that Tyre Safety Month takes place every October to coincide with the onset of the worst of the British weather and although autumn has been mild so far, the British weather is predictable if only in its unpredictability.
Exacta Weather is even floating the possibility of a white Christmas with snow due to hit the UK between November and February.
To ensure tyres are in a safe and legal condition, TyreSafe urge motorists to ACT now and carry out three simple checks:
A – Air. Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a month and always ahead of a long journey when the tyres are cold (i.e. travelled less than two miles) against the vehicle manufacturers recommended settings
C – Condition. Inspect tyres carefully looking for visible signs of damage, such as cuts, lumps or bulges. Also look out for any signs of uneven wear and embedded objects, such as stones or nails, need to removed.
T – Tread. The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Driving on tyres which are below this limit is not only dangerous, but also illegal and can lead to a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each tyre
Motorists who are not sure how whether their tyres are safe and legal can contact etyres, the nationwide mobile tyre fitting company for expert and impartial advice or click here to watch a short video demonstrating how to check tyre tread depth.
Denna Bowman, Head Office