Students are putting themselves at risk of road traffic accidents by failing to check the tyres of their cars.
Research from safety charity TyreSafe reveals a fifth of students have never checked tread depths or pressures, while more than one in 10 think it is the responsibility of their parents to carry out the checks.
Only a quarter of them have carried out the checks themselves within the last month.
Making regular checks and carrying out basic maintenance on tyres is important when it comes to staying safe behind the wheel.
TyreSafe is therefore urging young drivers to check tyre pressures are correct before heading back to university, as well as tyre tread depths, otherwise they could find themselves broken down at the side of the road, or worse still involved in an accident.
Details to do with tyre pressures can be found in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate located on the driver’s door sill – while tread depths should exceed the minimum legal amount of 1.6mm.
To inspect tread depths, simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured, then the tyre has enough tread depth. Changing to a tyre with 3mm of tread is a safer bet.
Any cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre also need attention. If any of these are present, again, the tyre should be inspected immediately.
But it’s not just students you should be checking their tyres, all drivers, no matter how old, should be keeping tabs on their tyres as well. After all, a burst tyre can occur at any moment, usually when you least expect it.
Road traffic accidents
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with car crash claims on a regular basis, so it can provide you with all the advice and support you need. Whiplash is one of the most common results of accidents on the road.
Even passengers can make a claim if they were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Date Published: September 20, 2014
Author: David Brown