South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
Road safety advice

Regular tyre safety checks reduce the risks of an incident while on the roads but an estimated one-in-five drivers have never checked the tread on their tyres, a startling number which rises to one-in-three among young drivers.

Checking and maintaining tyres also reduces the cost of motoring as underinflated tyres will wear quicker and cause the vehicle to use more fuel.

To educate drivers on the importance and benefits of tyre safety, TyreSafe has developed impactful, and realistic depictions of scenarios involving families, loved ones and young drivers to resonate with a range of audiences and highlight the potential stakes of driving on defective tyres.

The question What’s Stopping You? not only reminds the motorist of the benefits and importance of tyre checks but also carries the literal message that, as the only point of contact between the road and the vehicle, it is tyres which are crucial for safe and effective braking and cornering.

The campaign incorporates the powerful acronym ‘A.C.T. – Air pressure, Condition, Tread’ to further imprint the three elements of basic tyre safety checks on the driver, as the closing message on each video and a feature on static visuals.

Air Pressure – correct tyre pressures are shown on a sticker in your car’s door shut, filler cap or in the owner’s manual. Use an accurate pressure gauge to ensure they are right for the load as part of your pre-journey planning

Condition – if stones or other objects caught between grooves in the tread can be removed without damaging the tyre, drivers are advised to do so. Bulges, cracks, cuts and embedded objects are cause for concern and need to be checked by a professional

Tread – if you don’t have access to an accurate tread depth gauge, a 20p coin can be used to see if your tyres’ tread depths are approaching the 1.6mm minimum limit. Insert the 20p at several points across and around each tyre. If you can see the coin’s outer rim at any point the tyre may be illegal and you should seek advice from a professional.

Click here for a short video guide to checking your tread depth.

Click here for a video on how to check the condition for your tyres.

Click here for a video on how to check your tyre pressure

Click here for a guide on tyre tread


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