By Denna Bowman
The Highways Agency has added its support to the UK’s annual tyres safety month for the first time.
Organised by TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyres safety organisation, this October’s campaign aims to educate drivers about the importance and simplicity of checking tyre tread depth.
With the support of the Highways Agency, campaign materials are being distributed across the UK through local road safety partnerships which includes county councils, emergency services and other relevant organisations, reaching a wider audience than ever before.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “We are delighted to receive the support of the Highways Agency at this critical time of the year.
“As we approach the wettest months of the year, it is important that drivers have adequate tread depth to stay safe and legal. The Agency’s involvement will provide some additional authority to the campaign messages and through their network of partners, will help us educate even more drivers than ever before.”
This year’s campaign will emphasise the simplicity of checking tyre tread depth by performing the 20p test.
Drivers need to simply insert a 20p coin into the main grooves of the tyre and if the rim of the coin is covered by the tread, this indicates sufficient tread depth to be safe and legal. The ease of the test is further highlighted by a campaign movie available on the TyreSafe website, which demonstrates that the 20p test is so simple, even an adult can do it.
Ginny Clarke, director of network services for the Highways Agency, said: “The Highways Agency is pleased to be backing TyreSafe as they launch this year’s tyre safety month. The simple 20p test is an essential part of preparing for your journey. By checking that tyres are still in good condition, drivers are helping to avoid accidents, and the risk of delays to their journey as a result.”