By Denna Bowman
TyreSafe is warning motorists to inspect their tyres before heading off on holiday to avoid it becoming a tyre related ‘wash out’.
The UK’s leading tyres safety organisation is urging drivers to check the pressure and tread depth of their tyres and ensure that they are in generally good condition.
TyreSafe warns that driver’s failing to make these checks are more likely to be involved in a tyre related incident which could ruin their holiday.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Whether you’re heading overseas in your car, or staying in the UK, correct tyre maintenance is vital to reduce the risk of being stranded by the roadside or involved in an accident as a result of a tyre related issue.
“Thankfully though, important pre-travel checks which can prevent such problems are simple to do and only take a few minutes to perform.”
First drives should make sure their tyres are properly inflated and ensure ensure they are inflated to the correct levels for the load being carried. Many vehicles require higher tyre pressures when carrying extra passengers or heavy items such as suitcases, bikes or roof boxes. Details of correct tyre pressures can be found either in the driver’s handbook, inside the fuel filler cap, or on a plate located on the driver’s door sill.
Equally important as tyre pressure is tread depth so that they are able to cope with wet roads in the event of a sudden downpour.
. But as Jackson explains, TyreSafe has devised a simple way for drivers to determine if their tyres have enough tread.