South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  03 Oct 2019Feeling flat? Going bald? Found a bulge?

No not you… we’re talking about your tyres!

This month (October) is Tyre Safety Month and South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) is joining forces with national road safety organisation Tyre Safe as well as South Yorkshire Police (SYP) to remind people of the dangers of unchecked tyres.

The Look Who’s Talking campaign aims to highlight the need for basic tyre checks in a bid to avoid potentially life-threatening tyre-related collisions.

As part of the campaign, SYP roads policing officers will carry out a tyre check during every routine traffic stop in October.

Joanne Wehrle, manager of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “Safe tyres save lives. It’s as simple as that.

“We’re asking people not to ignore their tyres but to check their tread, condition and pressure.

“No matter where you are travelling, it’s vital that your tyres are in a safe condition for the road. Make sure you carry out these checks once a month and before long journeys.”

So why are tyre checks so important?

  • Tyre tread is critical for acceleration, braking, steering and cornering.

  • The legal minimum limit for car tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread around its entire circumference.

  • To check your tread, place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread depth is above the legal limit. If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres may be illegal and unsafe.

  • In addition to tread, correct tyre pressure gives you optimal braking and handling. Correctly inflated tyres also last longer and use less fuel.

  • Your owner’s manual will tell you the recommended pressure and you can top up with air at most service stations.

  • Finally, check your tyres for any bulges, cuts or objects that have penetrated the tyre. If something doesn’t look right, have it inspected immediately by a tyre professional.

Joanne said: “If you are unsure about anything tyre-related, always ask a professional.  Don’t just wait for a service or MOT.

“It really could be the difference between you getting to your destination safely or putting yourself and your loved ones in unnecessary danger.

“Please do get behind Look Who’s Talking Tyre Safety month not just throughout October but all year round.”

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