With torrential rain, sleet and snow forecast for the coming days, motorists can expect disruption on the roads and hazardous driving conditions in most parts of the UK. This is why it is even more vital to make sure tyres are in top condition, in order to cope with whatever the weather throws at them.
Aquaplaning, sliding and increased braking distances can all be caused by tyres with low or illegal tread depths and incorrect inflated. Yet a couple of minutes spent giving them a thorough inspection and pressure checks can make them perform much better when the going gets tough.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, has a snappy acronym to help motorists maintain their tyres – it’s ACT. It stands for Air, Condition and Tread and should be a vital part of maintaining a vehicle, just like topping oil and windscreen wash.
So ACT now and follow these simple steps to stay safe on the roads during the coming days:
Air pressures of tyres should be checked when the tyres are cold (i.e. travelled less than two miles) against the vehicle or bike manufacturers recommended settings.
Condition of tyres should be carefully inspected, looking out for any cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre. The rubber should 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 vehicle owners advised to ensure their tyres comply with the UK’s minimum tread depth requirements of 1.6mm. 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 per tyre.
Denna Bowman, Head Office