Bridgestone tyres is passing on a few tips and tricks to help motorists who are looking forward to taking road trips this summer enjoy a safer journey, particularly when it comes to tyres since they are the only safety system of the car that touches the road.
According to studies carried out by Stena Line this year, around 40 per cent of Europeans are planning on taking a summer road trip for their holidays and the main reason for this is that travelling by car gives more freedom and flexibility.
But before setting out on a road trip, Europeans like to know where they are going and making sure their vehicle can take them there safely. Indeed, 64 per cent consider that checking the itinerary is the most important thing to do before leaving on a summer road trip, followed closely by 62 per cent who take the view that it is wise to check their car is in good shape before hitting the road.
According to tyre safety checks carried out by Bridgestone, 78 per cent of European drivers drive on at least one under-inflated tyre, while 57 per cent of tyres are changed after legal limit of 1.6mm was reached in the UK. This is a serious issue which can lead to safety issues as well as over-consumption of fuel and premature wear. With this in mind, Bridgestone tyres therefore recommend motorists take to the road safely and go on their summer road trip with full peace of mind!
Safety on the road starts with fitting proper tyres, adapted to the season. Continuing on winter tyres in summer can increase stopping distances by up to 30 per cent. Equally important is to apply the correct tyre pressure: under-inflated tyres not only compromise your ability to brake and manoeuvre safely, they also consume more fuel and wear out faster. The pressure should be checked on cold tyres as hot air expands and may result in inaccurate values. Information on the recommended values can be found in the operating manual, on the inside of the door pillars or under your fuel cap. You should also bear in mind that if your vehicle is fully loaded, you will need to increase the tyre pressure.
The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm and the fastest and easiest way of determining the depth is by using a special tread gauge or the built-in tread wear indicator on your tyres. If the tread markers positioned transversely to the running direction are level with the tyre, it is time to replace the tyre.
Also be sure to check for scratches, cuts and other minor damage to the tyres. The high loads during holiday journeys combined with heat and low inflation pressure could result in a blow out and thus a potential loss of steering control. Special attention should be paid to caravan, motorhome and trailer tyres, especially if they have not been used for a while.
These tyre checks are quick and easy and will help you avoid motoring misery during the holiday season. Bridgestone tyres also stress that it is important not to wait until the night before your journey to check your vehicle, because you need to allow yourself time to get your tyres repaired or replaced before you set off.
etyres offer a mobile tyre fitting service, which means motorists don’t have to find the time to take their vehicle to a garage or tyre depot. They fit tyres at a time and location that suit the vehicle owner, so they can get on with packing and planning their trip.
Denna Bowman, Head Office