Road Safety Week is underway until Sunday 23 November and the ‘Look out for each other’ theme will hopefully strike a chord with motorists to help reduce the five deaths and 61 serious injuries that happen every day on UK roads.
Brake, which organises the annual campaign, is calling on drivers to slow down to 20mph in communities, look longer and take it slow at junctions and bends, and give people plenty of room and consideration.
As well as driving responsibly, it is also important that motorists maintain their vehicles to make sure they are in a safe and legal condition before venturing out onto the roads. Checking that your tyres have at least the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across three quarters of the width and around the entire circumference is a good start, if you are not sure how to do it, watch this short etyres video. Also ensure the tyres are correctly inflated and do not have any signs of damage, such as cuts and bulges.
Tyres which are in poor condition, either because they are worn, under-inflated or suffering a slow puncture, can cause catastrophic damage. They increase braking distances, especially on wet and icy roads, and can lead to blowouts at high speed.
Think of it like this: taking a car with illegal or faulty tyres out on the road is like taking a dangerous dog onto the streets without a muzzle!
Denna Bowman, Head Office