TyreSafe is issuing a strong and stark warning to Britain’s motorists taking to the roads this summer

TyreSafe is issuing a stark warning to Britain's motorists planning to hit the roads this summer, aiming to prevent tyre-related interruptions to holidays, day trips, and travel plans. Summer sees the highest number of tyre-related incidents, often due to longer journeys with heavier loads in vehicles with defective tyres, leading to catastrophic failures. With 72% of Brits favouring staycations in 2023 due to the cost-of-living crisis, UK roads could be busier than ever.

TyreSafe emphasises the importance of following the ACT acronym—Air pressure, Condition, and Tread—to ensure tyre safety and avoid potential hazards.

Q: Why is TyreSafe issuing a warning to motorists this summer?

A: TyreSafe is warning motorists to help prevent tyre-related incidents during the busy summer travel season, which often sees more tyre issues due to longer journeys and heavier vehicle loads.

Q: What research supports the increase in staycations among Brits in 2023?

A: Research by MoneyTransfers.com indicates that 72% of Brits prefer staycations in 2023, largely due to the cost-of-living crisis, despite the lifting of global travel restrictions.

Q: When are tyre-related incidents most likely to occur?

A: Tyre-related incidents are most likely to occur in June, July, and August, despite the warmer weather and better light during these months.

Q: What does the ACT acronym stand for in tyre safety?

A: The ACT acronym stands for:

  • Air pressure: Check and adjust the tyre pressure according to the vehicle's load.
  • Condition: Perform a visual check for any objects, cracks, or bulges in the tyre.
  • Tread: Ensure the tyre tread depth is above the legal minimum of 1.6mm using a tread depth gauge or a 20p coin as a guide.

Q: What specific advice does TyreSafe provide regarding air pressure?

A: TyreSafe advises checking the air pressure using an accurate gauge and adjusting it according to the vehicle's load. Recommended pressures can be found in the vehicle handbook, on tyre pressure charts, or in the vehicle’s fuel filler cap or door sill.

Q: How should drivers check the condition of their tyres?

A: Drivers should visually inspect their tyres for any objects, cracks, or bulges. If any are found, they should seek professional advice immediately.

Q: How can drivers check their tyre tread depth?

A: Drivers should use an accurate tread depth gauge or a 20p coin. If the outer rim of the coin is visible when inserted into the main sections of the tyre, the tread depth may be illegal and should be checked.

Q: What are the potential benefits of performing tyre checks?

A: Performing tyre checks can save motorists from the hassle of tyre-related incidents and potentially catastrophic failures. Correctly inflated tyres can also save money on fuel bills and reduce tyre wear.

Q: Where can motorists find more information on tyre safety?

A: Motorists can find TyreSafe’s Guide to Summer Motoring and additional resources at www.tyresafe.org. The campaign also spans social media and is supported by garages and showrooms to remind drivers to perform life-saving tyre checks.

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