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ACT now and check your tyres to stay safe on the roads
July 8, 2014

Neglecting your tyres can result in reduced handing and grip and even rapid deflation, which is very dangerous.

But by carrying out a few regular checks on your tyres, at least once a month and especially before a long journey, you can help to make sure your tyres keep you safe on the roads.

ACT is a simple routine you should get into the habit of carrying out:

Air – air pressures of tyres should be checked when the tyres are cold (i.e. travelled less than two miles) against your vehicle manufacturers recommended settings.

Condition – the condition of your tyres should be carefully inspected, looking out for any cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre.

Tread – the tread area should also be inspected for any signs of uneven wear with any embedded objects removed. Tread depth is the final area of the tyre to be checked with owners advised to ensure their tyres comply with the UK’s minimum tread depth requirements. As well as a reduction in road safety, failure to meet these requirements could result in a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points on your driving licence – that is per tyre.

To find out how to check your tyre tread depth watch our short video featuring Vicki Butler Henderson.

Essential tips for motorists driving abroad this summer
June 25, 2014

If you are planning on driving your abroad this summer make sure your tyres are safe and legal and have plenty of tread to last you for hundreds, even thousands of miles.

It is also essential to make sure you know about all the equipment you will need to stay safe and legal in Europe.

The rules and regulations for driving abroad vary greatly from country to country, so it is well worth spending a few minutes doing a bit of research and finding out what is required or recommended.

Here are just a few examples to get you started:

Warning triangle, first aid kit, reflective jacket, spare bulbs, nationality sticker, and motorway tax sticker called a vignette (available at some petrol stations, post offices or in ÖAMTC (Österreichische Automobil Motorrad und Touring Club) offices).

Warning triangle, first aid kit and breathalyser test, nationality sticker. Spare bulbs are also recommended.

Reflective vest and nationality sticker. A warning triangle, fire extinguisher and spare bulbs are also recommended. All towing vehicles should display a yellow triangle with blue background sign and your caravan contents should be available as a list for the police to inspect if requested.

Two warning triangles, spare tyre, reflective jacket, spare bulbs and nationality sticker. Overhanging loads, such as bike racks, need to have red and white marker boards attached.

And remember, if you need new tyres before loading up and driving your car, caravan or motorhome abroad, etyres Durham supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all vehicles and budgets.