Don’t forget to put your clocks back – and check your tyres

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Motorists have been urged to check their tyres ahead of the clocks changing on October 27, after it was revealed more tyre-related breakdowns are expected at this time of year compared to any other.

According to Bridgestone tyres, which is supporting National Tyre Safety Month, five minutes spent giving tyres a check before the nights draw in, could help to combat the rising threat of accidents and breakdowns as roads become slippier and weather conditions more hazardous.

Recent results from a Bridgestone pan-European vehicle survey involving some 27,000 cars underlined the scale of the problem as it found that 78 per cent of cars were being driven on under-inflated tyres.

Even more alarming was the fact that more than a quarter of the sample (28.4 per cent) had tyres that were either seriously or severely underinflated, greatly reducing their safety on the road.

Andy Dingley, north region communications manager for Bridgestone tyres, warned: “If motorists could spend just two or three minutes checking their tyres as winter prepares to bite, they will definitely benefit in the longer term.

“At this time of year, we anticipate more tyre-related issues, as driving conditions become more of an issue, following months of long summer motoring.

“With the autumn and winter weather being as unpredictable as it is, we want to encourage all drivers to make the necessary checks now to avoid future pitfalls.”

Bridgestone recommends motorists follow these three simple checks in the hope of reducing the number of illegal road users in the weeks and months to come:

1. Tread depth check
With sufficient tread depth, motorists can drive with total confidence, even if the weather takes a turn for the worse. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm

2. Check tyre pressures
Make that tyres are pumped up and ready for the road. Remember that the correct tyre pressure is different for a fully laden car. Check the inside edge of the car door, fuel tank door or user manual for correct pressure values (front and back). Don’t forget to check tyres in cold conditions for an accurate read

3. Check for damage or wear
Cuts, scuffs, abrasions and other forms of damage can easily get worse over a long journey. If in doubt, check with a specialist before taking the risk.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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