October is National Tyre Safety Month, so now is the ideal time to double check your tyres and to make sure that they conform to the minimum legal requirements to maximise safety on the road.
Each year in the UK, more than 1,200 road casualties are caused by illegal, defective or underinflated tyres – so don’t be lazy about checking yours! Get into the habit of inspecting your tyres monthly to keep them in the best possible condition.
The following video has been produced by the Highways Agency specifically for National Tyre Safety Month – it shows just how easy it is to check your tyres meet the legal requirement of 1.6mm.
Tests carried out by the British Tyre Manufacturers Associaion found that, when braking, a car travelling in the wet at 50mph on new tyres with 8mm of tread depth took 25.9m to stop whereas it took 37.8m to stop on worn tyres with 1.6mm of tread depth.
Driving on tyres with illegal tread depth not only reduces your safety on the road but also risks a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre!
Not only are your tyres condition important, don’t forget to check your wheel alignment. Wheels which are misaligned can cause as many problems as having poor tyre tread depth.