Check tyres to stay safer on the roads, whatever the weather has in store this summer

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Who knows what the weather has in store for us this summer. So far in the last seven days, forecasters have warned the UK to brace itself for the tail end of a violent Atlantic storm and days later predicted a Mediterranean heatwave is heading this way!

Michelin CrossClimate scene

The fact is, just like betting on whether or not we are going to have a White Christmas, the only thing you can be certain of when it comes to British weather is that you can never be certain what you’re going to get.

This is why it is so important to make sure your tyres are always in good condition, so they can handle whatever the weather has to throw at them.

Your priority must always be to make sure you have plenty of tread. The legal minimum tyre tread depth limit in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre, around the entire circumference. Click here to watch our 15-second video which shows you exactly how to check your tread depth.

We tend to get plenty of heavy showers – and even tropical storms – during the summer and 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 on rain-soaked roads.

It is also important to ensure your tyres are properly inflated, because insufficient tyre pressure strongly increases the risk of aquaplaning.

In the event of aquaplaning motorists are advised not to apply the brakes suddenly or turn the steering wheel. The best thing to do is ease off the accelerator and let the car roll, pump the brakes lightly if the vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes fitted as standard.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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