1 in 5 drivers have never checked their tyres. Are you one of them? If you’re a fleet manager, do you have systems in place to ensure all of your vehicles are up to proper safety standards?
This October we’re supporting TyreSafe in their campaign to remind drivers of the benefits of proper tyre maintenance. The humble tyre is the contact point between vehicle and road – essential for safe steering, braking and acceleration.
Here are some key tips to help you keep your tyres in top-notch condition:
Make sure your tyres have the correct pressure. You can find this information in the vehicle handbook and on the inside of the fuel filler cap or driver’s door sill. Having the correct pressure in your tyres will ensure even wear and will also help with handling and fuel efficiency.
Ensure that your tyres have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm. Remember that this is a legal minimum, but a newer tyre with deeper tread will perform much better in wet conditions. Use the wear indicators on the tyre itself, or a tyre tread depth gauge, to check if your tyres are safe. If you’re unsure, take them to a specialist.
Cracks and bulges in a tyre’s sidewalls indicate damage and this means the tyre should be replaced, even if the tread depth is still within the legal limit. A damaged tyre can be a ticking timebomb; it’s best to get it replaced as soon as possible.
Overloading your vehicle can cause excessive heat and wear on your tyres. Ensure that your vehicle’s overall weight does not exceed its Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) rating – this can be found on your VIN plate. Heavy loads can also lead to poor braking and stability, so even if the weight is below the GVW rating, it’s important to adjust your driving style to match these decreases in vehicle performance.
Protect yourself and your passengers by ensuring that all of the tyres on your vehicles are fit for purpose before embarking on your journey. By keeping your tyres in top condition, this won’t just prevent costly repairs, but will also save lives.
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