Motorway messages highlight ‘Safe tyres save lives’

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By Denna Bowman

Motorway messages are being launched to drive home the advice that ‘Safe tyres save lives’.

The new set of advisory messages which are being displayed on the UK’s motorways have been inspired by dangerous tyre related incidents that have blighted UK motorways, including closed lanes, tailbacks, delays, injury and even loss of life.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, said: “Tyre incidents can cause a host of problems for drivers, their passengers and other road users so it’s vitally important that motorists make regular tyre checks before travelling.

“The new message signs are a great reminder to drivers about the four small pieces of rubber that are responsible for them being able to brake or corner and arrive at their destination safely.”

While ensuring tyres meet the legal minimum tread depth requirements is one of the most recognised tyre safety checks, TyreSafe points out that checking tyre pressures and condition at least once a month is of equal importance.

“When tyres are under-inflated, they are much more likely to suffer from a rapid failure which can have potentially catastrophic consequences,” adds Jackson. “Furthermore, they will also wear out much quicker and even cause you to use more fuel.”

While prevention is better than cure, drivers who do have the misfortune to suffer from a puncture or other tyre related incident are advised not to make any attempt to repair the vehicle themselves on a motorway hard shoulder. Occupants should safely exit the vehicle, from the nearside door if there is heavy traffic on the road, and call the Highways Agency control centre or their recovery service from the emergency road side telephones, get to a place of safety and then wait for assistance.

Jackson said: “Motorway hard shoulders are an incredibly dangerous place, so should you have the misfortune of suffering a tyre failure, it’s vitally important that you treat your safety as a priority. However, we’d re-iterate that the easiest way to avoid such an issue is to regularly check your tyres at least once a month and before any long journeys.”

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