By Denna Bowman
Millions of drivers are expected to be hitting the roads this Spring Bank Holiday weekend but those failing to check their tyres before heading off risk motoring misery, according to TyreSafe.
The UK’s leading tyres safety group issued its warning as Britain gears up for an extra-long Bank Holiday weekend, giving many a well-earned opportunity to visit family, friends and loved-ones.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “We want people to enjoy their holidays and arrive safely at their destinations, so that’s why we’re urging them to do a few simple tyre checks before they head off and this includes the spare wheel as well.
“The great news is that these inspections are quick and simple yet pay real dividends.”
The three key aspects of TyreSafe’s advice are checking the tyre’s Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth (ACT).
It is vitally important to make sure the tyre has the correct air pressure to avoid a potential blow-out, reduced tyre life and higher fuel bills, among other things. To help, TyreSafe has developed on online tyre pressure guide, available at www.tyresafe.org. Drivers simply need to input their vehicle registration number and the correct tyre pressure settings for that car are displayed.
A visual inspection of the tyre is also needed to check its overall condition. Any objects which have become embedded in the tread should be removed. If any cuts, lumps or bulges are found, drivers should get a professional to check the tyres immediately.
Meanwhile, adequate tread depth is vitally important for improved grip and shorter stopping distances in the wet and it can be easily checked with the use of a 20p coin. Drivers simply need to insert the coin into the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p is visible when inserted, then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and may need replacing.