By Denna Bowman
UK motorists can discover tips and information about how to ensure their tyres are safe and legal as the annual Tyre Safety Month campaign gets underway.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyres safety organisation, has put together a short film featuring the McIntyres, an animated family of crash test dummies who offer key tyre safety tips to drivers.
The animated family highlights three important aspects of tyre safety – Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth (ACT). They also show a number of quick and easy ways for drivers to check these important areas, helping to keep them safe on the road.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “It may be delivered in a new and entertaining way, but our film has some really important messages in it which could help to save a number of lives. I would urge all drivers to spare just a couple of minutes to watch it and take on board the McIntyres’ advice. If our dummies understand the importance of tyre safety, then I’m sure us humans can do the same.”
Despite significant awareness by TyreSafe about the dangers of incorrect tyre maintenance, tyre abuse is still a huge problem in the UK.
Each year, more than 1,000 road casualties result from accidents caused by illegal, under-inflated or defective tyres. As well as increasing their chances of being involved in an accident, drivers who are found to be driving on illegal tyres face the possibility of a £2,500 fine and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.