By Denna Bowman
Motorists planning on driving abroad for an Easter skiing holiday should start thinking about making sure their tyres are safe and legal.
Safe tyres can significantly reduce the risk of a car accident, because they will be able to tackle sub-zero weather conditions and cope with icy, snow-covered roads.
Heavily laden cars require a good level of tread depth and correct tyre pressure in order to maintain traction and deal with the perils of driving in snowy mountain regions.
A common mistake made by vehicle owners travelling abroad is not checking tyre pressure when the car is loaded up with luggage. This can dramatically affect the result of the air pressure test.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, warns: “Many motorists neglect to adjust their tyre pressures to take account of heavy skiing equipment and extra passengers, which can lead to a build-up of heat inside the tyre as it strains to perform under the additional weight. This could eventually result in a blowout, putting themselves, passengers and other road users at risk.”
Holidaymakers driving abroad should also check the legal requirements for tyres in their destination country – and those they are passing through – in order to avoid costly penalties or invalidating their insurance.