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TyreSafe reminds drivers of importance of #SafeTyreChecks for holiday travel

While the majority of cars are driven with just one or two passengers and light loads for most of the year, the additional luggage and number of occupants carried on vacation demands all the tyres’ air pressures are adjusted to safely accommodate the extra weight. Not only can this help improve fuel usage and decrease tyre wear but more importantly it means that the chances of a sudden deflation are substantially reduced.

In addition, tyres should be inspected for general roadworthiness, have no bulges, cuts or other damage, and the tread depth should be above the legal limit of 1.6mm. 

“Almost every family holiday begins with a road trip, whether that’s all the way to the final destination or to the airport,” said TyreSafe chairman, Stuart Jackson. “For most of us, that load will be unusually high, but too few families take this into account and they don’t adjust their tyre pressures to match. By overlooking these checks, motorists are introducing an unnecessary risk to their journey, so TyreSafe is urging everyone to practise #SafeTyreChecks this summer.” 

Motorists can find a range of guides to help them carry out these routine checks on the www.tyresafe.org website, including the ‘Meet the McIntyres’ video. This short animation provides an easily accessible guide to #SafeTyreChecks.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.