Jason Manford had a very lucky escape last week when two tyres on the hire car he was being driven in blew out while they were doing 70mph on the motorway.
The new host of BBC’s primetime hit The One Show lived to tell the tale after his shocking tyres incident – or more precisely tweet the tale to his Twitter followers – but not everyone is as lucky.
That’s why TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, urges motorists to check the tyre pressure regularly to avoid suffering a blow out.
Here’s their guide to making sure your tyres are properly inflated:
Check your tyre pressures at least once a month or before a long journey.
Tyre pressure should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level. This can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler flap or on the driver’s door sill.
Check the pressure when tyres are cold (i.e. when you have travelled less than two miles).
If you are carrying a full load of passengers or luggage or will be towing a trailer or caravan, tyre pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Details can be found in the handbook.
Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting to check the spare tyre as well.
While checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition take your vehicle to an approved fitting centre and speak to the experts.
Denna Bowman, Head Office