Drivers who fail to regularly look at the condition of their car’s tyres could be putting lives at risk.
That is the message from a tyre safety organisation, which says checks should be carried out once a week, if not even more often.
TyreSafe has issued the warning during the October half-term holiday to raise awareness of the issue among parents.
‘Wet weather raises accident risk’
Many people take their families away for a holiday or on outings during the half-term break and it is also the time of year when the weather begins getting colder and wetter.
TyreSafe says poor weather makes regular checks more vital than ever as drivers whose cars have worn tyres find it harder to stop in wet conditions, raising the risk of road traffic accidents.
Drivers whose tyres have an illegal tread depth could also face a fine if they are stopped by the police. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm but TyreSafe advises motorists to have at least 3mm on their tyres to ensure they can brake safely on wet roads.
‘Use 20p test to check tread’
It recommends drivers use a 20p coin to test their tyres’ tread depth. Coins should be placed into the tread and if the coin’s outer band is still visible the tyres need replacing.
TyreSafe’s chairman, Stuart Jackson, says although modern cars are equipped with advanced steering, brakes and other safety systems they still rely on vehicles maintaining a firm footing on the road surface.
That does not happen if the tyres’ tread is worn down and they aren’t in good condition, he adds.
As well as tread depth, Mr Jackson says motorists should make sure their tyres are inflated to the correct pressure and do not have any bulges or cuts in them.
Further information about tyre safety is available on Twitter where the organisation is tweeting using the #SafeTyreChecks hashtag.
Date Published: November 4, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown