Kwik Fit | Thursday 13th October 2016 10:00am
When was the last time you checked your tyres? With summer officially over, the nights getting darker and temperatures getting colder, itís no coincidence that the road safety charity TyreSafe has chosen October to hold its month-long tyre awareness campaign once again. October generally sees the UK weather take a turn for the worse as the country braces itself for the onset of winter, and while regular tyre checks are important all year round, Tyre Safety Month takes place each October to make drivers aware of the dangers of illegal tyres and prepare their cars for winter.
Did you know?
Each year around 2.2 million cars fail their MOT
test due to tyre related defects. Many of these failures could have been avoided by carrying out simple tyre checks each month.
(DVSA data 2012-2014)
This yearís key message is ĎDonít Chance It, Check Ití as eye-opening research carried out by TyreSafe reveals that while most drivers are aware that regular tyre checks are essential, many still wait until their tyres reach dangerous and illegal conditions before getting them change. The charity surveyed over 340,000 tyre changes by over 800 retailers across the country and concluded that one in four motorists are replacing their tyres after they have reached the legal minimum standards. When you tot it up, thatís a staggering 10 million potentially illegal and unsafe tyres out on the roads.
Why is it so important to check your tyres regularly?
The only part of the car that makes contact with the road are the tyres so itís the tyres rather than the brakes that are responsible for bringing the vehicle to a stop in the shortest distance when you really need it. Tyre tread plays a decisive factor in how effective the vehicle accelerates, brakes and corners. Tread helps the vehicle grip the road, particularly in wet and wintery conditions so when the tread wears below a certain level, it becomes harder to control the vehicle and, crucially, bring the vehicle to a sharp stop. The legal tread limit is 1.6mm across the entire circumference of the tyre but it is recommended that you change your tyres when the tread reaches 3mm to maximise braking performance and avoid the possibility of the tyres becoming worn and illegal in the coming weeks and months.
3 reasons to go and check your tyres today
- Vehicles with worn tyres exhibit greatly increased braking distances than those with ample tread. A vehicle travelling at 30mph on a wet road with 3mm of tread will stop up to 8 metres shorter than the same vehicle with 1.6mm of tread
- If you are caught driving on worn or damaged tyres deemed to be illegal, you could face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each offense.
- Worn and damaged tyres are a serious safety risk to you, your passengers and other drivers. Over the past five years there have been 5,677 casualties* as a result of tyre related incidents of which 989 people were sadly killed, thatís nearly 200 deaths every year. Donít Chance It, Check It.
Did you know?
50% of all penalty points handed out by the police in the past year for vehicle defects have been for tyre-related issues. The data from 23 police forces from across the country following a Freedom of Information request also revealed that 65% of offences relating to tyre defects were due to insufficient tyre tread while a further 26% had at least one tyre worn down to the ply or cord.
Check your tyrers today
TyreSafe has launched a short video featuring advice for looking after your tyres and simple checks you can do yourself. Donít put it off, checking your tyres regularly takes just a few minutes each month saving you time, money, unnecessary disruption, and maybe even lives.
Free Tyre Safety Check at Kwik Fit
If you are in any way concerned about the age and condition of your tyres, pop down to your local Kwik Fit centre where we will be happy to carry out a complimentary tyre safety check. We will ensure your tyres have sufficient tread, the correct tyre pressure and will inspect them for any damage or other issues before providing you with a full inspection report.
*Department for Transport statistics - five years to 2014
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