A recent spot check of vehicles outside a primary school in Shropshire found that 30% of those checked were running on illegal tyres. The checks, organised by road safety organisation TyreSafe, showed that many of the cars were not legal or safe to drive and could be putting young passengers and other road users at risk. Chairman of TyreSafe Stuart Jackson has stated that it only takes a couple of moments to do a tyre check and is an important safety precaution, particularly for those who are regularly taking their children to school in their vehicles. The organisation recommends that drivers check the pressures of their tyres to ensure they meet the recommended settings found in the handbook in the fuel filter flap. They also recommend that drivers check the condition of the tyres for lumps cuts and embedded objects. The last safety check recommended is to ensure that there is at least 1.6mm tread depth around the middle three quarters of your tyres. As more than 11 million school runs are made by parents in the UK every day, TyreSafe have recommended that driver make tyre checks regularly to ensure that their vehicles are road worthy and will not have the potential to cause an accident.
Importance of car maintenance in road safety
Simple car maintenance can help prevent a serious accident from occurring on the road which could cause injury to another driver or pedestrian. Simply performing a regular check to ensure you have no illegal tyres could prevent injury to yourself, another driver or your child if you use your vehicle for school runs. Other safety checks include checking the seatbelts, ensuring your child safety seat is the correct size and is securely fitted and checking the brakes are working. A car which is not checked regularly could cause an accident on the road. If you have been involved in an accident which caused you injury, you may be able to claim compensation where someone else was at fault.
How to claim personal injury compensation
You can make your claim if you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was the fault of someone else and you or a family member have sustained an injury as a result. Call Accident Advice Helpline to obtain no-obligation advice on your claim and to speak with an expert about the incident. We can help you gather evidence to help your case and also offer no win, no fee* representation which will ensure your finances are protected.
Source: Tyre Press
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown