Scooter riders are being urged to help themselves stay safe on the roads by taking advantage of a host of new safety information and resources launched by the UK’s leading tyre safety group.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “Due to their low cost of ownership and their congestion-busting ability, scooters have become an increasingly popular method of transport in recent years.
“However, very often owners have not ridden any other kind of motorcycle so they may be unfamiliar with the considerable demands being placed on their tyres and the need for proper and regular maintenance.”
In order to get the best performance from their tyres, including handling, braking, acceleration and lower fuel bills, TyreSafe recommend riders should make the following three important weekly checks on their tyres:
1. Check that their tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, which can be found in the scooter’s handbook. Under-inflated tyres will wear out quicker, provide less stability and are at greater risk from overheating and suffering a rapid failure.
2. Inspect the condition of their tyres, looking for any cuts, lumps or bulges. The tread area should also be checked to see if any stones, nails or other objects have become embedded. If the tyre shows any of these signs, it may need repairing or replacing.
3. Ensure that their tyres have sufficient tread depth to deliver proper grip, especially in wet conditions. Scooters with less than 50cc need to have all of the grooves of the original tread pattern visible whereas those over 50cc must have at least 1mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the tyre with visible tread on the remaining quarter.
Jackson addd: “It’s very important that scooter riders make these checks at least once a week, and as they only take a few moments to carry out, there’s little excuse for not doing so. What’s more, to show riders what they need to do, we’ve created a very simple animation to help them.”