Tyre Safety Month – October
This October, motorists are being educated about the importance of keeping their tyres properly inflated during Tyre Safety Month.
This campaign is organised by not for profit road safety group TyreSafe, who are supported by garages across the company in an attempt to keep motorists safe in their cars by regularly checking their tyres in the run up to winter.
The winter can be particularly dangerous time to be driving around, as the dark nights and cold weather can often cause havoc on the roads, leaving motorists everywhere in potentially dangerous situations.
One of the most important things to check when preparing your car for winter is your tyres. The most basic inspection to carry out is simply checking that the pressures of your tyres are correct. You will find the correct pressure for your tyres in the vehicle manual or alternatively you can always download the free TyreSafe app to find out what they should be.
The depth of your tyre’s tread is also important, and in the winter they should be at least 3mm and definitely no less than 2mm. It is also a very good idea to get winter or all-season tyres, as they contain a higher silica content in the tread of the tyre, which prevents them from becoming hard when the temperature drops.
Even though making a few simple checks and changes to your tyre can make your car much safer through the winter months, a recent survey showed that a surprisingly 78% of drivers has under-inflated tyres while driving.
The Department of Transport also recently revealed that in 2012, 194 motorists were killed in the UK due to an accident caused by illegal or under inflated tyres. This just emphasises how important is to get these regular pressure checks done either monthly or before travelling on a long journey.
There are other benefits to checking your tyre pressures as well, one main one being fuel efficiency – if you tyres are under-inflated, more energy is needed to keep them turning and so more fuel is used. They will also undergo more wear and tear if they are under-inflated, due to the road making more contact with the outside of the tyres, resulting in a need for replacement more regularly.
It is so important to make sure that your tyres are safe before the winter draws in, you don’t want to end up in a situation where you find yourself shivering in the dark at the side of the road waiting for a recovery truck, or even worse, in an accident caused by your tyres.
A range of garages around the country are offering free tyre checks, so what are you waiting for? Find a local one on the TyreSafe website alongside plenty of other helpful advice to keep you safe and in the know.