October has arrived and it is a busy month for campaigns with Stoptober challenging smokers to quit for 28 days and Sober October encouraging us to abstain from alcohol for a month.
But there is another equally important campaign launched today which will also help to keep us safer and that is the Tyre Safety Month campaign.
The annual campaign is organised by TyreSafe, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and worn tyres, and is focusing on driving on tyres with adequate tread depth following the wettest winter on record.
Ensuring your tyres have plenty of grip is a key way to help minimise the risk of aquaplaning, hence the campaign theme ‘Driving Rain, Driving Safe’.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “The weather last winter was truly treacherous and at times like these, it’s essential that your tyres are safe and legal.”
The legal minimum tread depth limit is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. However, many safety and motoring groups recommend replacing your tyres once they wear below 3mm, because after this their performance deteriorates, especially in relation to wet braking.
If you are not sure how to check your tyres, click here to view etyres short video which features Vicki Butler Henderson demonstrating how quick and easy it is to measure your tread depth.