Look after your tyres and your tyres will look after you

Motorists in Somerset are being urged to check their tyres this October as part of the nationwide awareness drive.

October is Tyre Safety month and Somerset County Council’s road safety team is reminding of the need to make sure tyres are both safe and legal.

The condition of your tyres can severely affect the handling of your vehicle. If your tyres are in poor condition or do not have the correct pressure your vehicle will have reduced acceleration, difficulty handling corners and increased braking distances – all of which will make it harder for you to react to hazards in time and increase your chances of being involved in a collision.

Keeping your tyres in good condition and correctly inflated will also reduce fuel bills and CO2 emissions helping both your pocket and the environment.

Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Ensuring your vehicle is safe and legal is vital to keeping you and other road users safe. Keeping your tyres in good condition not only helps to ensure you reach your destination safely but also helps the environment too.”

The law says tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. However the Road Safety Team recommends changing when tread depth has reached a minimum of 3mm – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Their other top tips include:

  • Do a quick visual check for damage to your tyres before every journey.
  • Check the tyre pressure on a weekly basis; the correct pressures for your vehicle can be found in the vehicle’s hand-book.
  • Remember to change your tyre pressures to the recommended amount if your vehicle is fully loaded or you are towing.
  • Check the tyre tread depth on a weekly basis. If you don’t have a gauge you can simply use a 20p coin.
  • Don’t buy part-worn tyres! You may save money by buying part-worn tyres but there are no guarantees on their safety.
  • If you have to make use of a ‘temporary use’ spare tyre then don’t exceed 50mph and get it changed as soon as possible.

For more information on Tyre Safety month visit: www.tyresafe.org

For more information on road safety, please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org

You can also find Somerset Road Safety on Facebook www.facebook.com/somersetroadsafety, Twitter www.twitter.com/SCC_RoadSafety, or Instagram www.instagram.com/somersetroadsafety.