Drivers urged to check tyres for Tyre Safety Month
The campaign is being supported by RoadSafe, which is highlighting how essential tyres are to braking, accelerating and steering.
Adrian Walsh, RoadSafe director, said: 'Tyres are a vital part of your car. You cannot brake, steer or accelerate properly when they are worn or underinflated. Drivers must remember to check them regularly. It can save a life.'
As well as having safety implications, underinflated or worn tyres can cost drivers in terms of money. Drivers caught with unsafe tyres face fines of up to £2,500 and three points on their licence per tyre.
As part of the campaign, drivers are being encouraged to check tread depth with a simple 20p test.
The five points of the 20p test are:
• Ideally, tyre tread depth should be checked at least once a month, at the same time as tyre pressure.
• If you do not have a calibrated tread depth gauge, a 20p coin makes a useful guide.
• Insert the 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the circumference of the tyre and across its width.
• If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible, the tread depth may be illegal, so you should have it checked by a qualified tyre specialist.
• When testing tread depth, check the rest of each tyre for any cuts or bulges and remove any stones or objects embedded in the tread.
As part of Tyre Safety Month, garages across the UK are offering free tyre checks. For more details visit the TyreSafe website at: www.tyresafe.org