The coming Spring Bank Holiday weekend promises to be a busy time on the roads as millions of people set off in their cars for a holiday or to visit family and friends. And for many families, Monday marks the start of the May half term, which means staycations or journeys to airports for trips abroad.
With between 14 and 18 million people using the UK’s road networks this weekend alone, TyreSafe is warning drivers to plan ahead and make sure their cars, and particularly their tyres, are up to making the journey and avoid unwanted delays and breakdowns.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, warned: “Punctures and tyre-related incidents are the second most common cause of breakdowns according to the AA.
“We’re advising drivers to use these tips because we know anyone travelling this weekend will want to arrive safely and on time.”
Check your tyre pressure:
• Check your recommended pressure using the owners’ manual. It can also be found on a sticker in the fuel flap or inside the driver or passenger side door
• You can check your pressure and inflate your tyres at your local petrol station
• Remember: if you are carrying more passengers or luggage, the manufacturer’s recommended pressure will often change
Check your tread depth:
• The legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm across three-quarters of the tread around the entire circumference of the tyre
• Insert a 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the tyre
• If the outer band of the coin is visible your tyre may be illegal and you should have it checked
• Remember: if your tyres are illegal you can face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre
Check the condition:
• Inspect the tyre for signs of wear or damage such as cuts, lumps, bulges, exposed cords or sidewall damage
• Remove any stones or other items embedded in the tread
• If you spot any wear or damage to your tyres you should have them checked
Check your spare:
• If you have a spare wheel don’t forget to check its pressure, tread and condition
• If your spare tyre is for temporary use only, remember that speed restrictions will apply
• Remember: if you have a spare and intend to change it yourself, make sure you have a functioning jack and tyre brace
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Denna Bowman, Head Office