Tyre safety warning: Drivers urged to follow for simple checks to avoid fines and points

Tyre safety warning: Drivers urged to follow for simple checks to avoid fines and points

05/17/2021

Halfords demonstrate how to check and inflate your car tyres

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Experts at LeaseVan warn failing to have legal tyres can result in fines and penalty points as well as a safety risk. Among the simple tips includes checking their overall condition as well as looking at the tread and pressure regularly.

A spokesperson for LeaseVan said: “With many Britons likely to holiday in the UK this year rather than head overseas, more road trips will certainly be on the cards.

“Making sure your vehicle is roadworthy, compliant with legal requirements and safe is essential.

“Checking tyres is the obvious place to start and there are simple checks motorists can carry out at home.

“However, our advice is, if you’re not sure, get your tyres checked by a professional before heading out on the road.”

Tyre condition

LeaseVan urged drivers to have a close look at their tyres on a regular basis to check for any signs of wear.

This could include cuts, tears or bulges as well as any stones or nails which may be slowly damaging the tyre wall.

LeaseVan said: “A bulge or lump could be caused by hitting a pothole or kerb and can be dangerous.

“Cuts too can be caused by potholes, also driving over sharp objects.”

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Tyre pressures

LeaseVan says the connect tyre pressure means drivers will be able to brake, steer and grip safely.

However, it urges drivers to check their pressure as regularly as they can to ensure their car is safe.

The company said tyre pressure is different for every car so drivers have been urged to check their manual or look online.

It said: “Having an over or underinflated tyre can make a huge difference to the way your vehicle drives. Most cars have a tyre pressure monitoring system.”

Tread

Checking a tyre’s tread is one of the most important safety checks for road users.

LeaseVan said: “The best way to check tread is by using a 20p.

“Simply take the coin and insert into the tread grooves of the tyre.

“If you can’t see the outer band on the coin, your tyres are legal.

“If you can, get your tyres checked by a professional.”

Spare tyre

LeaseVan says drivers who carry a spare tyre should remember to get it checked in the same way you would a fitted tyre.

It said the spare tyre must be in a roadworthy condition at all times as drivers never know when they could need it.

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