Caravan and motorhome owners urged to check tyres

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By Denna Bowman

With the Easter holidays looming on the horizon, TyreSafe is advising caravan and motorhome owners to give their tyres a full ‘health check’ to avoid possible motoring misery.

Tyres fitted to caravans, motorhomes and trailers are particularly vulnerable to rubber degredation, because these vehicles have often stood outside during the winter and are not used that often, according to the UK’s leading tyre safety group.

These conditions are harmful because UV rays can penetrate tyres, attacking the rubber ingredients that give resilience and flexibility. The result, particularly for under-inflated tyres, can be a terrifying high speed blow-out.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “Exposure to the elements for long periods without movement can be a real cause of rubber damage to caravan tyres, often seen by cracking or a drop in pressure. Therefore it’s vital to ensure that the tyres are properly inspected before use and correctly maintained.”

Vehicle owners should pay close attention to the tread and sidewall areas when inspecting their tyres. Any sign of cracking should result in the motorist seeking professional advice or replacing the tyre.

If a foreign object is found embedded in the tyre then it should also be removed. Owners should also look for any damage in the tyre such as bulges, cuts or lumps.

Jackson added: “With the correct care and attention your tyres will help to ensure you arrive safely at your holiday destination safely, without disruption and with minimal cost.”

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