By Andrew Williams,
The stormy weather that has raged across Britain this week has prompted tyre safety experts to emphasise the need for vigilance on the part of motorists.
With storms sweeping the country Tyresafe, the leading UK tyres safety organisation, revealed that one in four cars in the UK are driving on suspect tyres. Under-inflated tyres, or those in poor condition, become even more dangerous in wet conditions. Loss of grip increases the risk of skidding in wet weather, making accidents increasingly likely.
A spokesperson for Tyresafe stated that in extreme, adverse weather conditions it is crucial that motorists take the time to run a few simple safety checks before starting their journey. Checking that tyres are inflated to the correct pressure increases safety levels and maximises fuel efficiency.
Motorists should also ensure that their tyres have sufficient tread. Loss of tread lengthens braking distances and increases the risk of skidding. It also has legal implications, as driving on tyres with less than the legal minimum tread can result in 3 points on your licence, and a fine of £2500. Motorists should also check that the tread wear is even, an indication of correct wheel alignment and balance.
Regular monitoring of tyre condition is one of the simplest safety measures that motorists can undertake for themselves, and one that is ignored all too often.