Do you know how to check your tyres?
Learning how to check your tyres as a driver is essential. Most modern cars now have a tyre pressure indicator to alert you when your tyres are under or over-inflated, however, you should still be checking your tyres at least once a month or before every long journey.
Well-maintained tyres are essential to keeping you and other motorists safe on the roads. Both tyre pressure and tyre tread are equally important, as well as the overall condition of your tyres. Not only can poorly maintained tyres be a danger to you and other motorists on the road, but they can also have a negative impact on your cars fuel economy.
If your tyres are correctly inflated, they have 100% contact with the road and wear fairly evenly. Underinflated tyres not only wear unevenly but also have less effective contact with the road surface. When checking your tyre pressure, you should always refer to your manufacturer handbook to find out the correct tyre pressure for your car. Every car is different and so it is vitally important that you know what this is.
The legal tyre tread in the UK is 1.6mm, however, it is recommended that any tyres with a tread under 2.5mm are replaced. This is because tyres with a tread depth of 1.6mm are 55% less effective than new tyres.
Tyre Safe has produced a ‘Look Who’s Talking campaign’ for 2019 with a fun video to educate drivers on the importance of checking their tyres, and also how to check them properly.
You can view the video here!
Look after your tyres and stay safe on the road!
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