October Tyre Safety Month | Birchwood Group

Don't Chance It, Check It

Tyre Safety Month Free Checks Available at Birchwood Group

As summer comes to an abupt end and with winter only around the corner, October is designated as Tyre Safety Month. The scheme gives you the opportunity to have your tyres checked free of charge before the rain and cold sets in and when roads are at their most dangerous. With one-in-four cars on British roads with illegal and dangerous tyres, in combination with the number of casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents, it's important that you know you and your passengers are driving a road safe vehicle.

FAQ's

  • Q - How often should I check my tyres?
    A - Tyres should be inspected at least once a month and before any long journey. Checks should include checking the air pressure, overall condition and tread depth. And don’t forget to check the spare or the compressor and sealant if no spare was fitted!
  • Q - What should I do when checking my tyres?
    A - Tread depths should be checked to ensure they meet the legal minimum regulations. Pressures should be checked in line with the vehicle manufacturers’ recommended settings. Take care to increase the pressure if the vehicle is heavily loaded as shown in the car manufacturers recommendations. The tyres should also be given a thorough visual inspection to look for any cuts, lumps or bulges. Also look for any objects embedded in the tread which should be removed.
  • Q - What is the minimum legal tread depth?
    A - Current UK law requires car, van and LCV drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference.
  • Q - Why is tread depth important?
    A - Adequate tread depth is essential for good grip on wet roads as the tread pattern helps to remove water from between the tyre and the road surface. Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning.
  • Q - Where can I find the correct pressure for my tyres?
    A - The vehicle manufacturers’ handbook contains this information, as well as it being available inside the fuel filler cap or driver’s door sill. Many tyre retailers will also be able to provide this information.
  • Q - Why is having the correct tyre pressure important?
    A - To stay safe on the road your car needs to have the correct tyre pressure. If the tyres are under or over inflated then handling and grip will worsen, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable car behaviour. The benefits of a properly inflated tyre, include reduced running costs and longer tyre life.

Book Your Free Tyre Safety Check Today

In addition to the fact that routine tyre checks would prevent many of these incidents, this evidence has been the inspiration behind this year’s Tyre Safety Month campaign – Don’t chance it, Check it. Contact us today via phone or make an enquiry. Alternatively, come and visit us at one of our dealerships!

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*DfT five years to 2014 **DVSA 2012 to 2014 ***Phase one and two of the TyreSafe survey in partnership with Highways England