Today sees the launch of Tyres Safety Month and the campaign is driving home a vital message with the help of a 20p coin.
Dozens of lives could be saved and hundreds of accidents avoided in the UK each year if motorists took a few moments to check the tread depth on their tyres, according to TyreSafe.
And with the help of a 20p coin – dubbed the ‘lifesaver in your pocket’ by the safety watchdog – here’s how you do it:
Insert a 20p coin into the main grooves of the tyre to check the tread depth. If the outer band of the coin is visible when inserted, then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and should be checked by a qualified specialist.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe stressed the importance of the campaign: “As we move into the wettest months of the year, adequate tyre tread depth is a critical element of road safety.
“There are still far too many accidents and fatalities occurring every day which could have been avoided if the driver had paid more attention to the condition of their tyres.
“The ‘lifesaver in your pocket’ campaign gives drivers an incredibly easy and simple way to check their tread depth which will help them stay safe and on the right side of the law.”
During 2008, 34 motorists died on the UK’s roads where an illegal, defective or under-inflated tyre was a contributory factor in the accident.
At least 900 other motorists were also injured in accidents where tyre neglect played a part.
Independent research commissioned by TyreSafe found that more than half of all drivers could not correctly identify the legal tread depth and a startling one in five drivers had never checked their tread depth.
Denna Bowman, Head Office