Rain put a bit of a dampener on the Bank Holiday weekend, but with more showers forecast it is worth following some timely advice about making sure your tyres are up to coping with slippery road surfaces.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyres safety organisation, reminds drivers that as their tyres are the only contact point between a vehicle and road surface, it’s essential they are in a suitable condition to cope with the potentially hazardous conditions.
To cope properly with wet conditions, drivers should check their tyre tread depth as the tread pattern helps to remove water from the road surface, allowing the tyre to grip the road properly.
Tyres without adequate tread depth may suffer from a loss of grip or traction leading to longer stopping distances, reduced handling and an increased risk of aquaplaning.
Current UK law requires car tyres to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its whole circumference. Drivers found to be in breach of these regulations, not only risk their own safety and that of other road users, but they can also face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
Denna Bowman, Head Office