By Denna Bowman
RoadSafe, the UK’s leading road safety organisation, is urging drivers to pay close attention to a month-long campaign launched today which is devoted to keeping tyres safe and legal.
It warns motorists: “Tyres are essential in braking, accelerating and steering. A driver risks failure in all three if they are in poor condition. That is why RoadSafe is supporting Tyre Safety Month, this October.”
RoadSafe also stresses that under-inflated or worn tyres have more contact with the road than well-kept tyres. It explains that this generates excess heat, which causes more damage and can lead to:
• Less grip on the road, increasing stopping distances and the chance of skidding
• Reduced control of the vehicle
• Quicker wear of the tyres, leading to more frequent replacement
• Increased fuel consumption
All these have consequences cost drivers in terms of safety and money.
RoadSafe also points out that the Government takes tyre safety seriously and drivers caught with unsafe tyres face fines of up to £2,500 and three points on their licence per tyre.
It states: “Drivers can quickly and easily check their tyre pressure at home or a service station. The manufacturer’s handbook will have the recommended pressure levels.
“Tread depth can also be checked in minutes, with a simple 20p test. Tread should be a minimum of 1.6mm deep, any less and it is illegal.”