TyreSafe animation urges owners to check tyres on vehicles returning to roads: video
The Easter holidays mark a time when vehicles popular in the summer, such as caravans, classic cars, horseboxes, and motorhomes, return to the roads from winter storage. Due to such a long period off the road, it is necessary to ensure their roadworthiness, and TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, is appealing to all owners to make sure checking the rubber is part of this process before hitting the road for the 2017 season. The organisation has created an animation to help people perform these checks, viewable below, or on TyreSafe’s YouTube channel.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “There are a number of factors that can affect tyres stored on vehicles for several months, even if they are in a garage over winter. Tyres deteriorate with age as well as with mileage, and uneven weight distribution in use and during storage can lead to uneven tyre wear. Tyres will deteriorate faster if they’re stored outdoors, especially in direct sunlight.
“All of these circumstances can lead to unsafe tyres, which is why checks are so important at the start of the season and monthly throughout it.”
TyreSafe’s list of essential pre-season tyre checks includes:
- Overall condition – Give all tyres a thorough visual inspection. Remove visible stones and other objects from the tread. Cracks in the sidewall may mean the tyres are beginning to deteriorate and should be checked by a professional along with any cuts, cracks or bulges which could signify internal damage.
- Air pressures – specific vehicle pressures can be found in the owner’s manual or use TyreSafe’s unique car and caravan tyre pressure calculators on www.tyresafe.org
- Tread depth – this should be above the legal minimum of 1.6mm across the central ¾ of each tyre’s width and its entire circumference. Use the outer rim of a 20p as a guide to how close a vehicle’s tyres are to this limit.