With the first Bank Holiday of the year just days away, TyreSafe is reminding the UK’s 650,000 caravan and motorhome owners about the importance of ensuring their tyres are in a safe and roadworthy condition before venturing on to the roads.
Carrying out a few basic checks and inspections on their motorhome and caravan tyres will help to minimise the risk of being involved in a tyre-related incident while on their travels and any roadside misery and potential injury this could bring, according to the UK’s leading tyre safety group.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “For many, Easter is the first time of the year that they will be heading away in their caravan or motorhome.
“After the winter when they’ve often had little or no use, it’s essential that the vehicle’s tyres are checked thoroughly before use otherwise a number of potential safety hazards could bring an abrupt end a relaxing holiday.”
Owners should begin with a visual inspection of the condition of their motorhome or caravan tyres, looking for obvious signs of damage such as lumps, bulges or cuts in the tyre, they should also pay particular attention to signs of ageing. This can be seen by the presence of cracks in the sidewall rubber.
After being unused for a number of months, owners should also look for signs of carcass deformation. If the tyre has become misshapen there is a good chance the tyre will pose a serious danger to road safety and may need to be replaced.
When inspecting the condition of their motorhome and caravan tyres, owners should check the tread depth to ensure that it complies with the UK minimum tread depth regulations of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread, around its entire circumference.
Anyone unsure of their tread depth is advised to take the quick and easy 20p test which gives a good indication of whether the tyre has sufficient tread depth. Simply place a 20p coin into the main grooves of the tyre and if the outer band of the coin is visible, then they tyres may need replacing.
The final main check that owners need to make is to their tyre pressures. This is vitally important as motorhome and caravan tyres that are under-inflated or over-loaded are much more likely to suffer from a rapid failure which can lead to a potentially catastrophic incident. Pressure should be checked before every journey when the tyre is cold using an accurate, calibrated pressure gauge.
Owners should also remember that the pressures on any towing vehicle may need to be adjusted to accommodate the additional load being carried. Details of this can be found in the vehicle handbook.
Jackson added: “It’s important that caravan and motorhome tyres are checked regularly throughout the entire season, but this is even more critical at the start of the year after any periods of lay-off.”
etyres supply and fit a wide range of motorhome and caravan tyres to suit all vehicles. As an approved Tyron safety band dealer, etyres also supply and fit these potentially life-saving devices to caravans and motorhomes and can also replace tyres already fitted with the bands.
Denna Bowman, Head Office