With just days to go before the start of the Bank Holiday weekend it comes as little surprise that forecasters are warning the UK to brace itself for a ‘Polar plume’, with snow, ice and temperatures as low as -5C starting today.
The warning comes less than a fortnight after Britain was basking in temperatures of 25C. With any luck, by the time Saturday comes round we might be looking at a brighter picture. However, in the meantime, while we can never really be certain what the weather has in store, one thing is a sure fire certainty – if you are planning on driving off for a day trip or mini-break it is very important that you make sure your tyres can handle whatever the weather throws at them.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, have a great little acronym to remind motorists about the importance of tyre maintenance. It urges vehicle owners to ACT immediately:
A – Air pressures of tyres should be checked when the tyres are cold (i.e. travelled less than two miles) against the vehicle or bike manufacturers recommended settings.
C – Condition of tyres should be carefully inspected, looking out for any cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre. The tread area should also be inspected for any signs of uneven wear with any embedded objects removed.
T – Tread depth is the final area of the tyre to be checked with owners advised to ensure their tyres comply with the UK’s minimum tyre tread depth requirements of at least 1.6mm. As well as a reduction in road safety, failure to meet these requirements could result in a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
Denna Bowman, Head Office