Despite an extra £200 million being pledged in the annual Budget to help fix potholes and damaged roads, drivers are being urged to carry out even more regular checks for damage to their tyres and wheels.
Vehicle owners who fail to keep a watchful eye on their tyres increase the risk of being involved in a tyre-related accident, according to TyreSafe.
Stuart Jackson, chairman the UK’s leading tyre safety group, warned: “While the announcement of extra funds to help repair the UK’s roads is welcome news, this will not happen overnight.
“In the meantime, it’s critical that drivers pay particular attention to the condition of their tyres and wheels as hitting a pothole can cause significant damage. If this damage is left unchecked it can present a very serious safety risk for them and other road users.”
TyreSafe warns that buckled wheels or lumps in the actual tyres are the most obvious signs of pothole-inflicted damage, but hidden problems can be just as dangerous. Hairline cracks in alloy wheels can allow air to gradually escape and if tyres are driven in an under-inflated state for a prolonged period, they are more likely to overheat and suffer from a rapid deflation. This type of event can be extremely difficult to control as it often occurs at high speeds on motorways.
Jackson added: “After hitting a pothole, it’s important that drivers check their tyre pressures regularly over the next few days to assess if there is any gradual loss of air.”
If the tyre continues to lose air it is a sign that it needs urgent attention. etyres offer a mobile puncture repairs service, which means vehicle owners do not have to risk causing any more damage to their tyres or wheels by driving to a garage or fast fit depot.
All puncture repairs are carried out etyres are in compliance with the British Standard (BSAU159). In the event that the puncture cannot be safely and legally repaired, etyres will always take along a new tyre which can be fitted immediately to get the customer back on the road as quickly as possible.
Denna Bowman, Head Office