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Tyre safety warning for students
September 25, 2014

Students are being warned that being a safe driver isn’t just about sticking to speed limits and ignoring your mobile phone when you’re driving – it is also about taking responsibility for keeping your vehicle, and in particular, making sure your tyres are always legal.

TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, is urging students to pay more attention to their tyres following research among young drivers at the recent V-Festival, which found that a fifth had never checked their car’s tyre tread depths or pressures.

Incredibly, just one in four respondents claimed to have made these checks within the last month, the maximum period recommend between inspections. Meanwhile, more than one in ten amazingly believed that it’s their parents’ responsibility to make sure their car tyres are safe and legal.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, warned: “Being a safe driver isn’t just about sticking to speed limits and ignoring your mobile phone. There’s also a host of other important responsibilities such as making regular checks and carrying out basic maintenance on your tyres.”

It is especially important to check the tyres ahead of a long journey, such as going to or from university when the vehicle is likely to be heavily laden with luggage and living essentials, such as pans, plates, bedding and towels.

TyreSafe recommends young drivers carry out three quick, but important, checks:

1. Pressures should be checked to ensure they are in line with the vehicle manufacturers recommended settings. These details can be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate located on the driver’s door sill.

2. Tyre tread depths should then be checked to ensure they exceed the minimum legal amount of 1.6mm (if you are not sure how to check your tyre tread depth, watch our short video and Vicki Butler Henderson will show you how to do it)

3. General condition of the tyre should be inspected, paying particular attention to any cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre. If any of these are present it could lead to a slow puncture or blowout at high speed if the tyre is not repaired or replaced

Young drivers looking for more information about tyre care and maintenance can find a dedicated section on the TyreSafe website, which includes an advice video with TV actor Tyger Drew-Honey, by clicking here.

Check your tyres to stay safe this autumn – come rain or shine
September 8, 2014

Autumn has arrived and whatever weather it brings, we want to help our customers stay safe on the roads come rain or shine.

We recommend you carry out some basic tyre maintenance to make sure your tyres can cope with whatever the weather has to throw at them. Autumn also brings its own special hazard and that is the potentially dangerous mix of leaves falling on very wet roads, another key reason why you should make sure your tyres are in good condition.

The first thing you need to do is make sure your tyres have got at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. Adequate tread depth is essential for safe driving on wet roads as the tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between the tyre and the road surface, which is essential for effective acceleration, cornering and braking. A tyre with lower tread depth is less effective at removing water from the road, leading to longer stopping distances and reduced road safety. According to tests conducted by the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association, braking distance in wet weather of a tyre with only 1.6mm of tread depth is almost 12m longer than a new tyre from 50mph. To see how easy it is to check your tyre tread depths click here and watch Vicki Butler Henderson show you.

Tyre pressure also affects a vehicle’s safety by reducing its handling capability. If a tyre is over or under-inflated, less rubber will be in contact with the road which leads to increased tread wear, and may increase the vehicles stopping distance.

Finally, regularly inspect your tyres for signs of damage, such as cuts, cracks and bulges or stones and nails embedded in the rubber. With so many potholes on our roads today there is an increased likelihood of your tyres being damaged and this can lead to slow punctures and blowouts at high speeds.