TyreSafe Stress The Need For Good Tyres In Wet Weather
Tyre safety charity TyreSafe have issued a warning for the need for adequate tyre tread during this unholy summer of punishing rain.
The UK is currently suffering its wettest second quarter since records began in 1910. But TyreSafe insist that the frequent downpours needn’t put drivers off.
Says their chairman Stuart Jackson: “Spring felt more like autumn this year with its unusually high rainfall, yet what it does show is that tyre tread depth should be checked regularly, whatever time of year, to make sure they can cope properly with wet roads.
“And there is at least one silver lining to these continuous clouds and that’s the free advice from TyreSafe, which is urging drivers to inspect their tyres simply by using the 20p tread depth check. It’s easy to do and could pay dividends.”
Ah yes, the 20p test. That old chestnut.
If you’re not already aware, the effectiveness of your tyre treads can be gauged through inserting a 20p piece into the main grooves of the tyre. Should you find that the outer band of the coin is visible, then the tyre tread may not have sufficient depth and should be inspected by a qualified specialist.
Obviously, adequate tread depth is essential for good grip on wet roads, and lord knows our roads are currently wet.
If your tyre tread depth is insufficient, you’re facing a world of pain as stopping distances are longer, grip is inferior and aquaplaning becomes a very real threat.
Of course, when implementing the 20p test, TyreSafe advise that you should also give your tyres a thorough visual inspection for any cuts, lumps or bulges. Air pressure should also be checked.
Stuart adds: “Tyre safety is about protecting the ones you love, as well as having respect for other road users.
“However, if that’s not enough to spur people into action and to regularly check their tyres all year round, then the heavy fines for driving with illegal tyres certainly is.”
A good point well made, Stuart. Current UK law requires that motorists have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.
Failure to comply with this law can result in a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!