Children give lessons in tyre safety – it’s so easy an adult can do it

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Little schoolchildren are helping remind motorists about the importance of keeping their tyres in good condition.

TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, enlisted the help of the youngsters to mark the third UN Global Road Safety Week and drive home how safe and legal tyres help to reduce the chances of accidents and child causalities.

Using the tried and tested ‘TyreSafe 20p test‘, the short film features children showing parents how they can gauge whether their vehicle’s tyre tread depths are legal or not, a key factor in influencing its ability to stop.

Low or illegal tread depth substantially increases the distance covered before a vehicle comes to a halt and, as a consequence, the likelihood of a collision with other road users or pedestrians.

UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 is using the #SaveKidsLives hashtag at events and online to highlight the 186,300 deaths of children under 18 on the world’s roads each year. Children are most vulnerable on the road as a pedestrian (38% of deaths) but the proportion of instances where the child is a passenger is almost as high (36%).

Six-year-old William Watts from Glasgow said: “We [children] learn about how to cross the road and that we need to be easily seen by drivers but we sometimes forget and that’s when it’s important that cars can stop quickly. If adults drove at the right speed and with good tyres they would make the roads safer for us. My mum and dad promised me they’ll keep doing the 20p test to make sure our tyres are always safe and legal.”

UK law requires a minimum tyre tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference of the tyre.

To carry out the 20p test simply insert the coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the circumference of the tyre and across its width. If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible the tread depth may be illegal and will need replacing.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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