Check car tyres to avoid May Bank Holiday misery

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By Denna Bowman

Motorists who do not check their car tyres before heading off this May Bank Holiday, could be risking major roadside misery, according to TyreSafe.

The tyre safety organisation is reminding drivers that shocking statistics revealed by the AA show that last year alone, more than 12,000 drivers called the AA for a tyre related incident when travelling on a public or Bank Holiday.

However, by carrying out just a few simple checks on their car tyres before setting off, drivers could significantly reduce the risk of a tyre related incident and reach their destination safely, according to TyreSafe.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, warned: “The high number of tyre related call outs attended by the AA last year on public holidays is quite worrying, especially when you consider that this is just one vehicle breakdown recovery organisation.

“Indeed, tyres that aren’t checked regularly or before any long journeys could be potentially hazardous, endangering the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users.”

However, drivers can avoid becoming just another breakdown statistic by ensuring their car tyres have the correct air pressure.

Car tyres might need to be inflated to a higher pressure if carrying extra passengers and luggage, such as bikes and roof boxes, due to the increased weight. Failure to adjust the tyre pressure accordingly means they might be under-inflated causing excessive heat build up inside car tyres which can lead to a premature tyre failure. Details of the correct pressure settings for car tyres can be found in the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door sill.

The tread depth should also be checked to ensure the car tyres are both safe and legal. Current UK law requires at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the car tyres, around their entire circumference. Drivers failing to comply with this law, not only increase their safety risk on the road but they can also face fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points for each one of their illegal car tyres.

A visual inspection of the car tyres is also strongly recommended and any objects which have become embedded in the tread of the car tyres should be removed. If any of the car tyres show signs of lumps, bulges or cuts then there is a strong likelihood that they will need repairing or replacing.

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