TyreSafe, a not-for-profit safety awareness organisation, is warning drivers of the importance of checking their tyres before setting out over the Easter period.
As research reveals that a large number of British motorists are consistently driving with tyres that have dangerously low air pressures, TyreSafe are asking people not to take a chance.
Coupled with added luggage weight that families usually bring with them over a holiday period, underinflated tyres substantially increase the chances of an accident.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: “The results of driving with underinflated tyres not only increase risks for the vehicle’s occupants but also the safety of all other road users around them.
“Arriving safely should be every driver’s ambition, especially when carrying their family, and by carrying out a few tyre checks in a matter of minutes before setting off, motorists can easily reduce their road risks this Easter and can reduce motoring costs.”
Information on the correct pressures for a car’s tyres can easily be obtained from the vehicle’s handbook, as well as inside the filler cap or along the door shut. Pressures should always be checked when the tyre is cold to give an accurate reading.
Jackson added: “TyreSafe urges Britain’s motorist to ensure they have an incident free Easter and check their tyres before they travel.”
It’s also important for a driver to check the general condition of a car’s tyres while filling them up with air, making sure they are free of cuts or deformities. The car’s tread depth should always be above 1.6mm, which can be checked with a 20p coin as well as with depth checkers available online.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.