Maintaining your Vehicle's Tyre Safety
When the topic of vehicle safety is raised, tyre condition is usually one of the first items most drivers would think of. Surprisingly despite this, defective tyres still cause hundreds of fatal or serious accidents every year.
So next time to decide to hop in the car for a quick trip, think about making the following checks:
Overall Tyre Condition
Are there any cut or bulges in the tyre walls? If so, the tyre’s integrity is severely compromised. Tyres that have cuts or bulges are weakened and as a result are a lot more likely to blow out, which at 70mph on a motorway can cause a lot of trouble.
Your tyres are the only means of connecting you to the road surface, therefore having either over or under inflated tyres can drastically affect the handling of your vehicle. Always check your tire pressure when they are cold to get an accurate reading.
A top tip – “over inflate before long journeys or carrying heavy loads and deflate slightly for better traction in snow and ice” - Robert Edgley (Director of Ideas4ADIS)
The wrong pressure can increase wear and reduce the lifespan of the tyres. Also, having the tyres at the correct pressure as stated in the owners manual will help improve your vehicle’s fuel economy, thus saving you money at the pumps.
This is something that you will be scrutinised for during your MOT. If your tyres have tread less than the legal UK limit of 1.6mm then your vehicle is not legally allowed to be on the road. Also, if your tread is under the legal UK limit then your insurance in invalid. So if you were to be involved in an accident, you could end up forking out more money than you expected for repairs.
Check the Spare
When it comes to tyre safety, one thing most people forget when checking their tyres is to examine the spare. This is always a good idea, as you never know when you may suffer a puncture and need to rely on the spare to get you home or to the nearest garage.
Follow these simple steps to maintaining your vehicle’s tyre safety and you’ll be sure to enjoy many more years of happy motoring.