All drivers (work or personal) are being urged to equip yourself with special service kits enabling you to easily check tyre pressure, tread and condition as new figures highlight the potentially fatal risk of cars and commercial vehicles fitted with illegal tyres.
Furthermore, according to the Drivers and Vehicle Standards Agency, tyre defects are one of the major causes of MOT failure among cars and vans with available figures suggesting 2.2 million vehicles annually fall foul of checks due to tyre-related issues.
With the onset of winter driving conditions, and the increasing demands of improving carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel economy, even more important to ensure your check tyre conditions regularly, regardless you are driving for work or personal use.
What’s more, illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres are the single largest vehicle-related defect recorded by police officers as a contributory factor in road traffic collisions.
The Department for Transport’s Reported Road Casualties Great Britain analysis for 2015 reveals defective tyres were a contributory factor in crashes that resulted in 16 deaths, 146 people being seriously injured and 746 people slightly injured.
During 2015 there were 908 casualties resulting from tyre-related incidence on Britain’s roads.
Drivers spending just a few minutes of their time checking their tyres at home, or in a car park or when filling up with fuel could be the difference between life and death.
Best practice dictates that tyre condition is checked at least monthly and prior to long journeys. Poor tyre care reduces road safety – the penalty for illegal tyres below a tread depth of 1.6 mm is a fine up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre – and incorrect tyre pressures impact on fuel economy and tyre wear.
Get yourself on one of our Driver CPC courses, and we will practically get you used to checking and doing your route walk-round checks, regardless whether you drive from work or own-use.