By Denna Bowman
As millions of motorists across the UK make plans to hit the road during the Jubilee and August bank holiday weekends, Bridgestone warns drivers that they can face a possible £2500 fine if they are caught ravelling on illegal tyres.
It is against the law to drive with tyres that do not meet the legal requirement of a minimum of 1.6mm tread depth.
Motorists caught flouting the law face a fixed penalty notice and three points on their driving license – in extreme cases, where there is prosecution, courts can opt to impose a fine of up to £2500 per tyre.
To ensure that drivers are aware of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and how it affects road safety, Bridgestone has compiled a checklist for drivers to consult before commuting.
Measure your tread depth – make sure tread depth is above the legal limit of 1.6mm across at least 75 per cent of the central width of the tyre and along the tyre circumference – ideally, if planning on travelling a long distance, change tyres if the depth is 2mm deep
Check tyre pressure – Underinflated tyres can result in tyre damage, increased fuel consumption and can impair vehicle handling. Likewise, over inflated tyres can lead to excessive tyre wear and can affect grip and braking especially in wet weather. Tyre pressure should be checked before any journey when the tyres are cold to avoid inaccurate readings. Refer to you car manual for the correct tyre pressure alternatively consult the vehicle manufacturer or tyre replacement garage.
Check your tyres – look for cuts, bulges and tears along the sidewall and tread of the tyre. Visible signs of these can class a tyre as unfit for the road.
Be aware of ‘First Rain’ – the phrase given to the first downpour following a period of hot, dry weather. It is particularly dangerous for drivers as oil and lubricants on the road surface increase the chances of skids and spins and can reduce tyre traction. Avoid getting caught out in first rain by making sure tyres are not dangerously over worn.
Don’t forget the spare – it is important not to neglect the spare tyre. In the event a spare tyre needs to be fitted, as a precaution ensure it meets the basic legal requirements.
Andy Dingley, communications manager at Bridgestone, said: “Bridgestone is committed to encouraging safe driving and with so many people still choosing to take holidays within the UK; we want to help motorists ensure that they’ve completed the proper safety checks before beginning their journey.”