By Denna Bowman
Firefighters and police officers are adding their support to a nationwide tyres safety campaign.
The emergency service professionals are sharing their disturbing experiences of how tyres can lead to horrific accidents in a bid to raise awareness of Tyre Safety Month, which is running through October.
One of the ‘Wheel Heroes’ is Shaun McKeown, a Forensic Vehicle Examiner for Cumbria Police Collision Investigation Unit who and attends serious and fatal collisions across the county.
He revealed: “All the incidents I attend are serious and sadly, sometimes fatal. One that will always stick in my mind is the case of a young nurse who suffered fatal head injuries as a result of a rear tyre deflating.”
Despite the warnings, a few months later Shaun attended a crash in which a 17-year-old driver and his teenage passenger had both been killed. Tragically, that incident was also the result of worn tyres.
He added: “These cases are devastating for the families involved and we urge drivers to do all they can to prevent them.”
Each year, hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured as a result of an accident caused by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
As the weather deteriorates and we approach the wettest months of the year, tyre safety month is encouraging drivers to check their tread depth with the 20p test to make sure they stay safe and legal.
If drivers do not have adequate tread depth, they are more likely to be involved in an accident as stopping distances are much longer, grip is lost and the risk of aquaplaning is increased. Drivers also face fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.