Something that I have never really thought about before is car tyres putting you in danger. There’s so many dangers in this world that car tyres sounds so petty, but that’s not the case at all. Dangerous tyres are responsible for more than 40% of vehicle defect related deaths. Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) have highlighted the need for drivers to check their tyres regularly.
By driving with unsafe tyres, you are not only putting your own life at risk but you are also endangering your family, friends and pets.
How often do you currently check your tyres?! They should be checked at least once a month and before any long journey. Your checks should include checking the air pressure, overall condition and tread depth.
When checking your tyres check the thread depth, tyre pressure and the overall condition of the tyre. If you’re unsure on how to do that then let me explain.
To check the thread depth, try the ’20p test’. Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves at three points across the tyre and then repeat around its circumference. If the outer band is visible, the tyres may be unsafe or illegal and need to be checked by a tyre professional.
When checking the tyre pressure, the car manufacturer typically displays the correct pressures in the door shut or filler cap, but it can always be found in the owner’s manual or on TyreSafe’s pressure checker.
While you are doing the other two tests, you can take the opportunity to check the overall condition of your tyres. Are there any lumps, bumps or punctures? If any of these are the case then you will need to have your tyres inspected.
If you are caught with unsafe tyres you could face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre. Don’t let that happen to you!
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Don’t become a statistic. Check your tyres!
This post was sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own.