A young driver spotted trying to trying to inflate the tyres on his vehicle at a fuel station forecourt, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving – because he was trying to do it with the vacuum cleaner hose and later attempted to use the water line!
Scarborough police were called to investigate after onlookers became concerned about the young motorists behaviour and while the scenario might raise the odd smile, it really is no laughing matter and highlights the serious point that many drivers lack basic tyre maintenance skills, such as how to check the air pressure correctly.
Regular tyre car and maintenance is an essential part of owning and driving a car. It is every vehicle owners responsibility to make sure the tyres are safe and legal at all times.
Checking and adjusting tyre pressures is a key job to perform. Driving with incorrect tyre pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and may also seriously compromise safety – leading to incidents that can put lives at risk.
The correct pressures can normally be found in the owner’s manual. They are also often recorded inside the fuel filler cap or on a sticker inside the drivers side door jamb. In most cases, two different sets of pressures are given:
1. For ‘normal’ driving conditions
2. For a loaded vehicle (with extra people or heavy items on board)
Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a month when the tyres are cold or have been driven on for less than one mile. Motorists can check their pressures and fill up with air using the inflation equipment on a fuel station forecourt or invest in their own tyre pressure checking gauge.
Denna Bowman, Head Office