Checking your tyres can help you avoid accidents

08 May 2013

Regularly checking your car tyres can help to avoid accidents. Tyre checks are particularly important before long journeys and could save you being stranded on the side of the road, waiting for assistance.

As well as checking that tyres are in good general condition, making sure the tyres are inflated to the correct level means that they are safe and will cost you less money in fuel. The correct tyre pressure depends upon the load in the car – some vehicles need higher tyre pressure if they are carrying heavier loads.

Under-inflated tyres can fail without warning. They also wear out much quicker as their rolling distance is much greater. Over-inflated tyres are also dangerous as they can cause issues with steering and generally driving the car properly – increasing the likelihood of having an accident.

It is also important to check the tread on tyres. A loss of tread depth can mean that cars do not handle as well, especially in wet weather conditions. It can also mean that the car takes longer to stop when you break. The legal minimum for tread depth is 1.6mm.

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