By Denna Bowman
Motorists can help themselves stay safe and legal when driving this winter, by following a list of tips issued by the UK’s leading tyres safety organisation.
Fitting winter tyres is one way to ensure greater safety on the roads when the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius, however there are other steps vehicle owners can take that won’t cost a penny.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “This October’s Tyre Safety Month concentrates getting drivers ready for winter. While fitting winter weather tyres is an obvious and sensible option, there are plenty of other aspects of tyre maintenance that all drivers should be doing, regardless of whether they make the switch to winter rubber or not.”
The advice from TyreSafe comes just days after the Department for Transport issued its latest road casualty report which showed that in 2010, there were more than 1,200 road casualties in the UK from tyre related accidents, emphasising the need for better tyre care.
TyreSafe’s tips include checking for adequate tread depth by taking the 20p test, ensuring tyres are properly inflated and inspecting the conditions of tyres by looking for any lumps, bulges and cracks. They also cover the spare tyre, removal or jacking of wheels on any vehicles that are not used in the winter months.