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May 27, 2020Ready For The Road? UK Campaign by TyreSafe

As Lockdown eases, Treadfirst Tyres & Exhaust launches a national road safety campaign throughout Suffolk and the surrounding areas urging drivers to check your tyres before you travel.

As Lockdown restrictions are eased, Treadfirst is lending its support to the national road safety campaign #ReadyForTheRoad? in Suffolk to educate and change the behaviour of drivers, to urge them to carry out essential checks themselves before they set off on their first journey. 

Treadfirst is reminding motorists the responsibility of ensuring the vehicle is roadworthy falls on the shoulders of drivers, many of whom are not currently checking their vehicles regularly. Instead, many rely on professionals to carry out maintenance checks at annual inspections, such as when they submit their vehicle for a service or its MoT test. While there is an exemption in place for some months to come for vehicles having a current MoT there has been no relaxation on the legal expectation that the vehicle is fit for use.

Ready For The Road - TreadfirstThe importance of checking the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition is particularly acute now as many vehicles have been dormant during Lockdown. Vehicles are best maintained through usage and some aspects of their condition deteriorate more quickly when left parked for many weeks or used only for short distance journeys. Tyres will lose their air pressure over time and harden when they are not used regularly, which can lead to sidewall cracking – a serious safety issue. A ‘flat spot’, where the tyre’s tread has been flattened due to the weight of a vehicle and/or load-bearing down on it for an extended period of time, is also possible.

Keith Ambrose, Director, Bury St Edmunds retail branch, said: “Treadfirst’s recommended checks for every motorist in Bury St Edmunds to help reduce the risks of an incident on the road and stay safe as Lockdown eases.”  

As an official supporter of TyreSafe, Suffolk’s Treadfirst depot’s has been campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of regular tyre checks to minimise the risk of a tyre-related incident for a good number of years. To help motorists ensure they’re ready for the road, Treadfirst is offering free tyre safety checks. Contact Treadfirst on 01787 258 606 for more information.

Ready for the Road Campaign by TyreSafe

Another anticipated challenge is facing up to the possibility that their road skills have not been used as regularly or for as long, which may mean they need to give themselves time to readjust to being out on the roads. Equally, they will be sharing the roads with many people in the same position and they should be prepared for any journey with extra patience. That is especially true should they feel the temptation to speed, which has been a rising issue during Lockdown.
The vehicles themselves should also be thoroughly checked before setting off. Fuel and oil levels should be appropriate for the journey ahead and TyreSafe is urging drivers to carry out essential checks themselves before they set off on their first journey.
It is the motorists’ responsibility to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy, however, many are not currently checking their vehicles regularly. Instead, many rely on professionals to carry out maintenance checks at annual inspections, such as when they submit their vehicle for a service or its MoT test. While there is an exemption in place for some months to come for vehicles having a current MoT there has been no relaxation on the legal expectation that the vehicle is fit for use.
The importance of checking the vehicle is in roadworthy condition is particularly acute now as many vehicles have been dormant during Lockdown. Vehicles are best maintained through usage and some aspects of their condition deteriorate more quickly when left parked for many weeks, or used only for short distance journeys. Tyres will lose their air pressure over time and harden when they are not used regularly, which can lead to sidewall cracking – a serious safety issue. A ‘flat spot’, where the tyre’s tread has been flattened due to the weight of a vehicle and/or load bearing down on it for an extended period of time, is also possible.

Treadfirst’s essential checks:

Air pressure: find your tyre size on the sidewall; it will be in this format XXX/XX/RXX, for example, 195/55/R15. Find the air pressure chart for your vehicle either in the handbook, filler cap or on the door sill. Cross-reference the size of tyre with the recommended pressure and bear in mind you will likely have two values displayed: one for a fully-loaded vehicle and the other with minimal occupants.

Condition: Cracking of the tyre’s sidewall indicates the ageing process has made it lose its suppleness and maybe beyond its safe lifespan. It should be checked by a professional if you see this ‘crazing’ effect as you would also need to do if you see any lumps or bulges. If a tyre has a ‘flat spot’ it is likely to be felt by a vibration through the steering wheel when driven, and again needs to be examined by a professional.

Tread depth: The minimum tread depth for vehicles under 3.5 tons is 1.6mm (1mm for motorcycles and scooters over 50cc). Ideally, it should be checked with an accurate tread depth gauge but if you do not have one, insert a 20p-piece into the central grooves of your tyre and at several points around its circumference. If you can see the border at any point, it might be illegal and should be checked by a professional.

For more information, visit https://www.tyresafe.org/ready-for-the-road, call 01787 258 606 or visit treadfirst.co.uk or log on to tyresafe.org for further details on the importance of tyre safety.

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