The importance of getting your tyres checked

There’s no doubt the condition of your car’s tyres has a large influence on your safety while driving on the road.

Statistics recently published by the Department of Transport reveal that in 2012, 194 drivers were either killed or seriously injured on UK roads because of dangerous, illegal or under-inflated tyres.

For October’s tyre safety month, the road safety group TyreSafe is encouraging UK car drivers to check their tyre pressures at least once a month.

To encourage motorists further, Perrys is offering free tyre safety checks throughout this month of October.

All of Perrys Dealerships will offer to check your tyres are safe, legal and suitable for your vehicle. These checks are not only free, but also do not require an appointment and it will take no longer than 30 minutes.

So what has encouraged the creation of tyre safety month and why is it so important to get your tyres checked anyway?

Well with winter soon approaching, chances are we’ll see plenty of rain and maybe even some snow hit UK roads. This is bound to make driving more treacherous and that only makes it even more important than ever to check your tyres are safe.

Under current legislation all UK car drivers must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.

This is required because the tread determines the level of grip your car tyre has on the road. It has a large effect on the car’s cornering and braking capabilities and how well it can cope on a wet road.

So there is a clear incentive to check your tyre treads, beyond thinking about the relevant legal factors. You can easily check the current tread depth of your tyres by using a tyre depth gauge.

It’s not just the treads you have to think about when it comes to tyre safety. The current pressure level of your tyres also has a large bearing on how they will grip the road and to what extent they will degrade over time.

If the tyres on your car have a lower then recommended pressure level they will be underinflated. This in time will cause the tyres to overheat and create a dangerous blowout. Underinflated tyres will also increase rolling resistance of the car, requiring the engine to work harder and increasing fuel consumption.

Tyres on a car which are inflated higher than the recommended pressure level will have reduced grip on the road. The smaller patches of the tyres on the road will also eventually overheat and create a blowout in a similar fashion to underinflated tyres.

Motorists uncertain or concerned about the tyre pressure levels on their car can either get them checked at a garage or tyre dealer, or use a pressure gauge. You can also consult your vehicle’s handbook to determine the most suitable pressure level for the tyres on your particular car.

As TyreSafe and others will be keen to stress through this month, taking these precautions for your tyres can save you money and prevent avoidable accidents.