Tyre Safety Tips From Crash Services
Posted: 1st February 2016
As petrol prices reach an all-time high this month, CRASH Services is reminding motorists that regular tyre checks and maintenance can help reduce fuel costs, prolong the life of your tyres, lower CO2 emissions and keep you on the right side of the law.
Why Should You Check Your Tyres?
Worn tyres significantly impede the performance of your car – low tread depths reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital to staying safe on the road.
You are not insured when driving with illegal tyres. A defective tyre could lead to a £60 fine and three penalty points on your licence.
You Need to Check:
- The condition of tyres, including inner and outer sidewalls. Tyres should be free of any stones and fitted with a dirt-free valve cap.
- By law, tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth in a continuous band.
- Check tyre pressure regularly. An incorrect level of air can cause steering, accelerating, breaking difficulties and significantly shorten the lifespan of the tyre. The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle will be noted in your Vehicle Manual.
- Check signs for irregular wear. If your tyre is evenly worn across the surface, then this could be a sign of over/under inflation. If it is only worn on one edge it is likely to be the result of poor wheel alignment.
- Check and examine your spare tyre.