Cumbria Police is advising drivers to carry out regular checks on their tyres, as part of the annual Tyre Safety Month campaign.
Organised by TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, the campaign aims to highlight the dangers of driving with bald or under-inflated tyres.
Motorists are being warned that under-inflated tyres are more likely to suffer a dangerous blowout, typically at high speed on a busy motorway or main road, while correctly inflated tyres will last longer, use less fuel and provide better handling and braking. All of these factors help to reduce the chances of people being involved in an accident.
PC Shaun McKeown, of Cumbria Police, explained: “It is essential that people are safe when out and about on the roads.”
He added: “The right amount of pressure in tyres can make a substantial difference. Not only does it make you safe when in your vehicle, by providing better handling and braking, it can save you money.
“Don’t put checking off, it could save your life and money.”
TyreSafe recommends tyre pressures should be checked at least once a month or before any long journeys.
The correct pressure settings for vehicles can be found inside the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.
Top tips for checking tyres:
Check tyre pressure at least once a month.
Tyre pressure should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level.
Check the pressure when tyres are cold
If the vehicle is carrying a full load of passengers or luggage or will be towing a trailer or caravan, tyre pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Details can be found in the handbook.
Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
Check the pressure in all four tyres – and the spare tyre.
While checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
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