Change Your Tyres – Not Just Your Clocks
You’ll Regret It If You Don’t.
I’m sure you’re aware that, this weekend, you’re supposed to change all your clocks. Put them back an hour, lest you accidentally arrive for work an hour early on Monday morning.
But road safety charity TyreSafe are suggesting that the time might also be right to change your tyres.
As the nights get darker, the likelihood of an accident on the road increases significantly. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the roads are generally harrowing places to be throughout the winter months. It’s therefore of great importance that your tyres be safe, road worthy and legal at this time of year.
According to TyreSafe, there are three things you should be checking when it comes to your tyres.
First of all, pressure. You must ensure that your tyres are inflated to the level as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturers.
Next, you should check the overall condition of your tyres. Be on the lookout for cuts, lumps and bulges. If you find anything you don’t like, consult a mechanic.
Finally, the tread depth of your tyres must be checked so as to ensure that it’s well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm around the entire circumference of the tyre. For this, implement the 20p test (pictured). If the outer rim is visible of a 20p piece inserted into the tread, then you need new tyres, sir.
Money, Money, Money
So it’s not enough that unsafe tyres can kill you? Well, perhaps you’ll be swayed by the fact that those found to be driving on illegal tyres face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points on their license for each illegal tyre.
Says TyreSafe’s Stuart Jackson: “The clocks going back this weekend are a timely reminder to drivers that winter is well and truly on its way and with it, the need for extra care and attention on the road.
“The cold and damp conditions mean that roads can easily become slippery and dangerous so it’s essential that your tyres are in the best possible state to cope with this.”