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Tyre Safety Tips Keep You On Track

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]unctures and tyre-related incidents are the second most common cause of breakdowns according to the AA. Motorists are, therefore advised to use the following tips, because, whenever a motorist embarks on a journey, he or she aspires to arrive safely.

Of every part making up a vehicle, tyre should be cared for painstakingly. Do you know why? Whenever you are driving or aboard a car as a passenger, the only link between you and the mother earth are the TYRES.

Tyre Tips

Check your tyre pressure:

Check your recommended pressure using the owners’ manual. It can also be found on a sticker in the fuel flap or inside the driver or passenger side door

You can check your pressure and inflate your tyres at your local petrol station

Remember: if you are carrying more passengers or luggage, the manufacturer’s recommended pressure will often change

Check your tread depth:

You must have at least 1.6mm across three-quarters of the tread around the entire circumference of the tyre

Insert a 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the tyre

If the outer band of the coin is visible your tyre may be illegal and you should have it checked by a specialist

Remember: if your tyres are illegal you can face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre

Check the condition:

Inspect the tyre for signs of wear or damage such as cuts, lumps, bulges, exposed cords or sidewall damage

Remove any stones or other items embedded in the tread

If you spot any wear or damage to your tyres you should have them checked by an expert

Check your spare:

If you have a spare wheel don’t forget to check its pressure, tread and condition

If your spare tyre is for temporary use only, remember that speed restrictions will apply

Remember: if you have a spare and intend to change it yourself, make sure you have a functioning jack and tyre brace

 

Coutesy of TyreSafe

 

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