Do you know the tyre facts?
Or are you one of the four motorists surveyed recently that were found to have an illegal tyre on their car?
A recent survey carried out by the TyreSafe charity and Highways England involved data from 810 tyre centres and suggests that nearly 10 million tyres could be potentially dangerous and probably illegal on our roads today.
To make this simpler to imagine, potentially one in every four of the 35.3 million vehicles on Britain’s roads today may be driving on illegal tyres at any one time during the year.
TYRE SAFETY FACTS
If your tyres are illegal due to DRIVER neglect (unintentional neglect is often the case), these are the possible consequences. They are ALL serious.
1 You could cause an accident, injuring others in the process.
2 Your insurance cover could be invalid.
3 You can face a fine of up to £2,500 per illegal tyre.
4 You risk three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
There are no excuses here. The driver is responsible. Even if she did think her husband, partner or Dad had checked her tyres for her.
And the first consequence would be VERY hard to live with when you discovered your tyres weren’t as safe as they could be.
So here’s what to do…
In law your tyres should have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference of the tyre.
To check if your tyres are legal, just take the 20p test.
1/ Park the car with the front wheels turned so you can easily see the tread.
2/ Take a 20p coin and insert it into the main tyre grooves at several places around the circumference of the tyre and across its width. If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible whenever you check the tread, your tread depth may be illegal and you should have them checked by a qualified tyre specialist.
FOXY advice: Just because 1.6mm is the law doesn’t mean it’s good enough, especially in the wet.
For example, when your tyre tread is 3mm, your tyre is 78% worn. When your tyre tread is 2mm your tyre is approximately 94% worn. Look at the chart above, please think about this and where in doubt, ask the professionals…
Is your car’s tyre pressure at the right level for the car and load? Check with your car’s owners’ manual or the sticker in the fuel flap or the inside edge of the drivers door.
FOXY advice: Too much pressure is as bad as too little as it affects the handling of your car and therefore your ability to control it when you need to most. Do this monthly, as a weekend chore. If you don’t, you could be using more fuel than necessary as well as increasing wear and tear. A local FOXY Lady Approved garage and/or tyre centre (see links below) will show you how to do this of course.
Drivers are advised to look out for signs of irregular wear or damage such as cuts, lumps or bulges.
If you don’t: You risk driving with a defective tyre which could lret you down at speed and deflate quickly. And instead of paying for a puncture repair, you’ll need an expensive new tyre or set of tyres as they should be the same on each axle.
FOXY advice: Get into the habit of always walking around your car before you get in it, just checking the look of your tyres. Try not to ‘kerb’ them when parking as this causes wear and a significant knock could damage alloys and the tyre fitting too. If a tyre looks suspect in any way, either check it yourself then, or get it checked at a good FOXY Lady Approved garage or tyre centre without delay(see below for links).
TyreSafe believes the main reason so many millions of motorists are taking risks with their tyre safety lies in a lack of awareness and driver education.
“TyreSafe does not believe millions of drivers are intentionally putting others at risk – it is more a question of educating motorists to take responsibility for their safety and that of others on the road,” said Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman.
FOXY Tyre Safety Month Campaign
In an attempt to raise awareness levels among women drivers, FOXY Lady Drivers Club is adding its support to the TyreSafe campaign by encouraging ALL women drivers to get their car tyres checked by FOXY Lady Approved Tyre Professionals during October 2015.
Dubbed Tyre Safety Month because October is usually the wettest one of the year, FOXY will be working with its network of FOXY Lady Approved garages and tyre centres to reward women who are driving cars with LEGAL tyres.
After having them checked they will receive a free online gift membership of the Club, worth £23.
Any ladies needing replacement tyres will only receive their gift after having new tyres fitted and when FOXY partners confirm their complete tyre safety bill of health.
You can check to see which tyre centres are listed on the new female friendly Tyre Services Register.
You can see which garages are part of the FOXY Lady Approved ‘service and repair’ network.
You can check to see which garages and car dealerships are organising Tyre Safety events for women.