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Keep your tyres in check

21 July 2013

Story from Newspress.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists warned motorists to keep their tyres in check after a total of 3,852 tyre-related incidents were reported on England’s motorways between April and the end of June 2013 – an average of 1,284 per month.

As part of their Motorway Month campaign, RoadSafe partner the IAM offers advice for motorists on how to keep your tyres in check:

  • P – Performance. You can monitor the state of your tyres through observation of the performance of your vehicle; grip, handling and fuel economy will all be improved with correct tyre care.
  • A – Air pressure. It is essential that you check your tyre pressures on a regular basis for maximum performance. Low tyre pressure can cause increased fuel consumption as well as making them more susceptible to damage.
  • C – Condition. Inspect tyres for any cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread.
  • T – Tread depth. Monitoring your tyres’ tread is essential for safety, particularly on wet roads. Check that your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1.6mm, although it is worth considering getting them replaced if they are below 3mm.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said, “Regular tyre checks are the best way to keep on top of maintenance and avoid those nasty surprises both to your vehicle and to your wallet.”

Incidents contribute to delays which cost the economy billions of pounds each year. According to the Highways Agency’s national satisfaction survey, carried out between April 2012 and the end of March 2013, only 53% of respondents say they regularly check their tyre pressure.

Stuart Lovatt from the Highways Agency said, “Nobody wants to start their holiday off by having a breakdown that leads to them having to extend their journey time. By checking that tyres are still in good condition, drivers are helping to avoid incidents and the risk of delays, not only to their own journey but to those of other drivers.”

Chairman of RoadSafe partner TyreSafe Stuart Jackson said, “Before setting off on their summer holidays, it’s essential that drivers give their tyres a thorough inspection. It’s particularly important to ensure tyres are correctly inflated in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s settings, which may be different if extra passengers or heavy luggage is being carried. But remember to readjust your tyre pressures when you start to using your car normally again.”

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