As you know I’ve been learning to drive for years now. Yes! Literally years, so, fingers crossed fourth time lucky on the practical, eh? As you can imagine, I’ve done my fair share of reading and watching theory videos on road safety and vehicle safety. At my last practical, one of my ‘show me and tell me’ vehicle safety questions was about tyres. I confidentially answered the legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on a tyre is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. I also noted that tyres should be checked regularly for cuts and any defects. It’s has been reported that there are thousands of road tyre related incidents on the major roads and motor ways in England. Now, that’s a concern. Quite simply tyres that are in good condition will reduce the risk of a road accident.
No, I’m not a qualified driver, but I do spend a considerable amount of time in the car with my family on road trips. One thing we do before long drives is check the tyres and add pressure if needed. Nonetheless, its practice that’s likely to be overlooked once you get comfortable on the road and you know how to handle your car. There’s likely to be less anxiety to keep everything tip top… well on unless you have a mega expensive car and she’s your baby. Seriously though, whether you are a driver or a passenger in a friend’s or family’s car its good practice to ensure the tyres have been checked. It’s advised that tyres should be checked on a monthly basis and in terms of the pressure, that should be checked weekly.
There are major reasons why it’s important to ensure that your tyres are in good condition:
- Tyres with adequate thread depth will be able to handle wet weather better, despite surface water; there will be more control and less risk of aquaplaning. It’s worth noting that the specification for the legal threadbare minimum also pertains to ‘Light trailers including Caravans weighing up to 3,500 Kgs and/or eight passenger vehicle. This also includes Motorcycles above 50cc, all these vehicles must ensure that the grooves of the tread pattern have a depth of a least 1 mm throughout a continuous band measuring at least three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and round the entire outer circumference of the tyre.’
- Tyres that are incorrectly inflated can cause the vehicle to pull to one side when braking
- Under inflated tyres can also cause more resistance when your car is moving, which means your engine has to work harder the lock on effect is increased fuel consumption and more CO2 emissions is not environmentally-friendly. Stay safe from the risk of under inflated and over inflated tyres by replacing old ones with new tyres which are not just cheap but also give good performance from places like DAT Tyres in Hertfordshire.
- Ensuring there are no cuts and defects reduces the chance of tyre blow outs.
As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than the cure’ or in this case the cost of car repairs or worse. Be sure to check your tyres today. Happy travels!
This was written in collaboration with DAT Tyres