By Denna Bowman
After one of the longest and coldest winters in recent memory, the UK’s 650,000 touring caravan and motorhome owners are being reminded about the importance of checking their motorhome and caravan tyres before hitting the roads this spring.
With two Bank Holiday weekend’s fast approaching and temperatures finally starting to rise, TyreSafe are offering this timely advice regarding motorhome and caravan tyres as many owners begin to prepare for their first weekend break of the year.
Emphasising the importance of making sure motorhome and caravan tyres are well looked after, Stuart Jackson, chairman of the UKs leading tyre safety group, commented: “Spring time is an especially popular time for caravan and motorhome owners to take to the roads but it’s important that before setting off, they make some critical checks.
“Failing to do so could result in a number of tyre related problems which at best could see them stranded by the roadside, potentially spoiling a well-earned weekend away, or at worst cause more serious injury and damage.”
One of the most important areas for owners to check is that their motorhome and caravan tyres are properly inflated. Over the winter months when vehicle are not used, tyre pressures are likely to drop naturally.
If motorhome or caravan tyres have been left under-inflated before use, not only is vehicle handling likely to be affected but excessive heat is also likely to build up inside the tyre, increasing the likelihood of a rapid deflation which can endanger the lives of the driver, passengers and other road users.
Pressure should be checked when the motorhome and caravan tyres are cold. Owners should also give their motorhome and caravan tyres a thorough visual inspection paying particular attention to the sidewall area of the tyre which may have suffered from UV damage over the winter months and will be evident from signs of the rubber cracking.
Any objects embedded in the tread area of the motorhome or caravan tyres should be removed and tread depths should be checked to ensure they comply with the legal minimum regulations of 1.6mm or tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.
Owners who spend just a few minutes checking motorhome and caravan tyres before travelling can save themselves a host of problems down the road.
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