As it’s Tyre Safety Month we thought we’d shared a few pointers about the importance of checking your tyres on a regular basis because at RMB the safety of our customers is our priority.
Tyre Safety Month is an annual campaign organised by TyreSafe to highlight the importance to motorists of regularly checking their tyres all year round. This campaign exists because TyreSafe are aware drivers are not checking their tyres as often as they should be, leading to cars being driven on illegal tyres which puts drivers, their passengers and other road users at risk.
So we want to ask you how often you check your tyres. Once a week, once a month, once a year, never? If you haven’t checked your tyres recently you’re not alone because according to TyreSafe’s survey there were 10 million illegal tyres on Britain’s roads last year which could potentially have equated to 1 in 4 cars and vans.
The recommended time period for checking your tyres is at least once a month PLUS before any long journey and an inspection of your tyres should include the following aspects, tread depth, air pressure and overall condition which we have provided further information on below.
When you brake your car relies on its tyres to grip to the road and come to stop. As tyre tread wears the stopping distance increases and the grip reduces which is why it is essential that you regularly check your tyres tread.
Tread depths should also be checked to ensure they meet the UK’s legal requirements. The current legal limit for the minimum depth of tyre tread is 1.6 millimetres across the central ¾ of the tyre, around the entire circumference of the tyre.
Driving on tyres with a tread depth below this level is not only unsafe but also illegal. If caught you could face 3 penalty points on your licence and a maximum £2,500 fine for each illegal tyre.
To gauge the remaining tread on your tyres you can do the 20p test. Using a 20p piece place the coin inside the main tread groove of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is obscured by the tyre you have adequate tread. If the outer band is visible your tyres could be illegal or approaching the legal limit so we advise getting them checked as soon as possible.
You should always make sure your tyre pressure is at the correct level as under-inflated or over-inflated tyres will affect the handling and grip of your car.
Check your tyre pressure against the recommended tyre pressure which can be found in your vehicle’s manufacturer handbook.
We recommend regularly checking your tyres for any signs of damage or wear such as lumps, bumps, cuts and bulges.
Wear can be caused by a number of factors including scuffing against kerbs, aggressive driving and road damage such as potholes. But it is vital to check tyres regularly and if you spot any signs of damage replace the tyre accordingly.
There you go, that’s our handy guide to checking your tyres.
We urge you to check your tyres on a regular basis and if you spot any signs of damage or wear or your tyres are approaching the legal limit contact one of our service departments to arrange getting them replaced sooner rather than later.
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