Treading On A Thin Line - Tyre Safety Month

Tyre Safety Month. What's the point? Every 16 minutes. That’s 1 serious injury or death. 1608 people were killed on the road in 2021 and a staggering 26701 serious injuries caused on the road in England and Northern Island!  

Car Tyres:

Icey roads, wet roads and potholes. Things every driver hates. With the weather turning for the worse, tyre pressure, condition and tread are of the utmost necessity!

  • Air pressure- Located in your glove compartment car manual will be the exact car pressure needed for your car and car model. But how do I know when my pressure is low? From just a quick visual inspection and seeing the tyre has deflated, to a strange sounding dull noise coming from a moving vehicle, these are some of the easy signs your tyre pressure is low.

  • Condition- Here visual checks are vital to tyre safety as well as your safety whilst situated in the car. If you spot any of the previous signs of poor tyre quality, then before starting your journey check to see if any stones, glass, or other sharp objects have pierced through the tyre. However, it's not just checking for physical implements stuck in the tyres, but also bumps or cuts in the tyre. If any of these signs are spotted then we again urge you to go to your nearest professional and get the tyres changed to protect you, the car, and the other members of the public.

  • Tread- The UK legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm across the central 3 quarters of the tread. Whilst this doesn’t sound major, this still has a vast importance to the tyre safety which majorly supports the grip of the vehicle. With the weather getting colder and the roads getting slippier it's important that your cars tyres are regularly checked and kept up to scratch. Remember, the cars tyre safety is your safety and the publics.

  • Warning lights- Warning lights aren't decoration. If a tyre warning light appears on your dashboard screen with a ‘!’ then you should get immediate help. This often is the result of a deflating tyre(s) and will need to be seen upon. At the earliest opportunity you should pull over and check your tyre pressure. The ways to check are above, or you can check your in-car manual situated in thew clove compartment or side door of your car.

Tyre Repairs And Temp Tyres:

Keeping cool under pressure. Just remember the art of repair.

  • Tyre repairs- Unless you have an A* in tyre repairs it's probably best to leave it to the professionals! Call into or go to your nearest car repairs shop to see a mechanic about your tyre repair or any other mechanical needs.
  • Temporary tyre- Temporary tyres are a different size to your standard tyre? Don’t be alarmed, that’s the norm! However, whilst allowed to fit your own temporary tyre please keep a close eye on the exact instructions told via the cars handbook. Failure to do this, could result in detrimental consequences such as, moving tyre whilst the vehicle is moving or more seriously could result in the entirety of the tyre falling off throughout your journey resulting in the safety hazards towards you and members of the public.
  • Temporary tyre repair kits- Many modern cars are now equipped with a temporary puncture repair kit rather than a spare tyre. So, unless you are still riding horse and carriage you will most likely find one of these.
  • Tyre safety is vital to ensure everyones safety. Especially, this time of the year when the weather takes a turn for the worse and everyone is going away, its vital to check your tyre safety before your travels. Sometimes the smallest checks can save the biggest of problems. Think safe and drive safe.

*For more information head over to Tyre safety online.