RoadSafe Pledges Tyre Safety Month Support
The road safety partnership RoadSafe has stated its support for near-namesake TyreSafe’s Tyre Safety Month initiative, which runs throughout October. Adrian Walsh, RoadSafe director says: “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.”
RoadSafe also explains the seriousness of tyre safety to its readers, explaining why well-kept tyres are essential to road safety. Here is the organisation’s statement: “Tyres are essential in braking, accelerating and steering. A driver risks failure in all three if they are in poor condition. That is why RoadSafe is supporting Tyre Safety Month, this October.
“Underinflated or worn tyres have more contact with the road than well-kept tyres. This generates excess heat, which causes damage. The results are: less grip on the road, increasing stopping distances and the chance of skidding; reduced control of the vehicle; quicker wear of the tyres, leading to more frequent replacement; increased fuel consumption.
“All these consequences cost drivers in terms of safety and money. Government takes tyre safety seriously. Drivers caught with unsafe tyres face fines of up to £2,500 and three points on their licence per tyre. Divers can quickly and easily check their tyre pressure at home or at a service station. The manufacturer’s handbook will have the recommended pressure levels.
“Tread depth can also be checked in minutes, with a simple 20p test. Tread should be a minimum of 1.6mm deep, any less and it is illegal. Follow these simple instructions to check, or visit the TyreSafe website for a video demonstration.”