Because your tyres are the point of contact between your vehicle and the road, it’s very important that they’re kept in tip-top condition at all times to maintain your safety. This article explains all you need to do to maintain your tyres for vehicle safety even during the winter months.
Checking for tyre wear
A worn tyre is never a safe tyre, so you must always make sure that your tyres are replaced as soon as necessary. Check for signs of sidewall damage, check the tyre tread depths, and look for visible wear. If you’re in any doubt, head to your local garage and ask a tyre expert for his or her opinion on the state of your tyres.
It’s always better to replace them earlier rather than driving with badly worn and dangerous tyres. As a guide, your treads should never be allowed to be worn to less than 1.6mm. If you have Michelin tyres, you’ll notice an indicator which will tell you when they have become too worn.
Checking tyre pressure
Your tyre pressure is essential to the control of your vehicle, and also prevents your tyres from becoming unduly or quickly worn. Tyre pressure decreases naturally, but if you find that the pressure of any one tyre has decreased far more rapidly than the others, you may have a puncture. If you suspect this is the case, go to a tyre specialist, who will be able to assess whether or not it can be repaired. Remember to inflate your tyres only to the recommended PSI; over-inflation can also reduce the life of your tyres and cause damage.
What to do if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence
If you have been injured in a road accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Every driver has a responsibility not just to themselves but to other road users to maintain their tyres for proper vehicle safety, and if accidents are caused due to a lack of maintenance, it is very likely that this would be classed as negligence.
To find out more about personal injury compensation, contact our professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our advisors will be happy to discuss your particular situation in detail. They’ll be able to tell you not just how likely your claim is to succeed, but also how much you could potentially receive in compensation.
Date Published: November 23, 2013
Author: David Brown