Driving on tyres that have suffered “pretty severe damage” is just another day at the office for a Formula 1 ace like Valterri Bottas, who went on to win the Russian Grand Prix, despite the handicap last weekend. But for the average driver, the consequences can be catastrophic!
For while Bottas had the full support and back-up of his Mercedes team, bombarding him with technical information and advice about how to handle the situation, regular motorists are on their own…
That is why it is imperative that motorists stay on top of tyre maintenance and carry out regular checks to ensure they are safe and legal at all times.
Bottas suffered the handicap of ‘flat-spotted’ Pirelli tyres and while this is not a common occurrence the average motorist has to contend with, worn tread, under or over-inflated and damaged tyres are.
That is why etyres urges motorists to carry out the following tyre checks at least once a month and always ahead of a long journey:
1. Tread – ensure all tyres, including the spare, have at least the legal minimum of 1.6mm. Motorists caught driving on tyres with insufficient tread depth not only risk fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre, but safety will be reduced on wet roads as the tyre will lose grip with the surface more easily
2. Pressure – check tyre pressures to make sure they are in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations for the load being carried. The correct details can be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver’s door jamb. Correct pressure is important as it helps to reduce the amount of fuel being used, ensures even wear across the tread leading to longer tyre life, and reduces tyre overheating which can cause rapid failures
3. Condition – look for signs of tyre damage, such as cuts, bulges or even objects embedded in the rubber. In many cases, etyres can carry out a mobile puncture repair service saving vehicle owners the cost of having to buy a brand new tyre
One of the main advantages of using etyres is that it offers a mobile tyre fitting service, which means customers whose tyres are damaged or illegal do not have to risk their safety or face the possibility of landing incurring a fine by driving to a garage to have them replaced or repaired.
Denna Bowman, Head Office