Motorists who want to avoid a breakdown or even an accident this summer should check their tyres before setting off on a long journey.
According to TyreSafe, anyone who fails to do this is significantly increasing the likelihood they will be involved in a collision or end up breaking down.
It explained under-inflated tyres can affect handling and cause a blow out, while insufficient tread can lead to a loss of grip, especially in wet conditions.
TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson stated: “Motorway gridlock is a common sight in the summer months and one that could be avoided if more motorists made time for straightforward tyre safety checks.”
As well as checking pressure and tread – the minimum tread depth is at least 1.6mm, the UK’s legal minimum – vehicle owners were also urged to keep an eye on general wear and tear to this important auto part.
Denna Bowman, Head Office