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Tyre checks can avoid bank holiday breakdowns

Millions of drivers are expected to be hitting the roads this Spring Bank Holiday weekend but those failing to check their tyres before heading off risk motoring misery.

That’s the warning from TyreSafe as the country gears up for an extra-long Bank Holiday weekend.

“We want people to enjoy their holidays and arrive safely at their destinations, so that’s why we’re urging them to do a few simple tyre checks before they head off and this includes the spare wheel as well. The great news is that these inspections are quick and simple yet pay real dividends,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

The three key aspects of TyreSafe’s advice are checking the tyre’s Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth (ACT).

It is vitally important to make sure the tyre has the correct air pressure to avoid a potential blow-out, reduced tyre life and higher fuel bills, among other things.

A visual inspection of the tyre is also needed to check its overall condition. Any objects which have become embedded in the tread should be removed. If any cuts, lumps or bulges are found, drivers should get a professional to check the tyres immediately.

Meanwhile, adequate tread depth is vitally important for improved grip and shorter stopping distances in the wet and it can be easily checked with the use of a 20p coin. Drivers simply need to insert the coin into the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p is visible when inserted, then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and should be checked by a qualified specialist.

TyreSafe’s safe motoring advice isn’t just limited to car drivers but also caravanners, who will also be keen to make the most of the later than normal Spring Bank Holiday.

Caravan owners should ensure that loads are spread evenly around the caravan and as low down as possible to maximise the stability and safety of the car and caravan combination. This helps to avoid putting too much pressure on any one tyre.

“Caravan tyres are placed under a high level of stress, so it is essential that caravan owners inflate their tyres to the correct pressure and do not overload them,” said Jackson.

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