South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
 
 
 
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  08 Jul 2019Are your tyres ready for the summer getaway?

Check your tyres and travel safely – that is the message to all road users from South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) as we head into the summer getaway season.

Team SYSRP is reminding people to make sure that their vehicles are roadworthy ‑ in particular their tyres - by backing a campaign from national charity TyreSafe.

Statistics from the Department of Transport show that on average July has the most tyre-related incidents, closely followed by August.

Punctures, incorrect tread depth and underinflated tyres can all lead to problems related to vehicle safety, handling and fuel economy.

Joanne Wehrle, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership manager, said: “July is traditionally a busy month for road users; as schools break up, more and more people are travelling to go on holiday. 

“This means people are travelling longer distances than usual with extra weight in their vehicles, which puts more stress on tyres.

“An underinflated tyre or one with a defect is more likely to fail, which could lead to a serious incident and put lives at risk.

“It is so important that your tyres are in good roadworthy condition to minimise the risk of a breakdown and the associated unwanted disruption on the summer getaway.

“Our message is to check your tyres at least once a month and always before a long journey.”

  How to carry out a tyre check:

  1. Start with a visual check, looking at the overall condition of each tyre to see if anything might have penetrated the tread, such as nails or other objects. If any of these objects, cracks or bulges are present, seek professional advice.

  2. The air pressure of each tyre should also be checked using an accurate gauge. Typically, car manufacturers recommend two different tyre pressures, one for light loads and another for when the vehicle is fully laden. These settings can be found in the vehicle handbook or by visiting tyresafe.org. Such simple checks could save motorists fuel costs as underinflated tyres wear more quickly and increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  3. Finally, drivers should check the tread of their tyres to ensure they are above the legal tread depth minimum of 1.6mm. Ideally an accurate tread depth gauge should be used but if this is not available, a 20p coin can be used as a guide. Insert the 20p into the main sections of the tyre and at various points around the circumference – should you see the outer rim at any point, you need to have the tread depth checked as it may be illegal.

You can find all this information by visiting tyresafe.org where there is an Adventures in Tyre Safety booklet available to download.