As drivers prepare for another busy Bank Holiday weekend and with road conditions proving tricky, Tyresafe has called on motorists to spend just a couple of minutes checking their cars.
The leading tyre safety organisation issued the advice as holidaymakers prepare to hit the road for a long weekend away this May.
But while many will no doubt be checking travel arrangements prior to departure, a simply look at your tyres can sometimes be missed – with potentially disastrous results.
According to the AA, torn or punctured tyres represent the main cause of call outs during this busy time of year.
Yet in many instances, these problems could be solved by a simple inspection of the compounds. In these instances, drivers are expected to visually review the tyre, looking for any cuts, lumps or bulges on the rubber itself.
If any are spotted, then a visit to a tyre fitting or MOT centre is essential and must be done so immediately. With the weather proving equally treacherous, drivers must also be sure to check the tread depth of their tyres before driving.
Tyresafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: “Don’t let the state of your tyres put a dampener on your Bank Holiday fun. It’s quick and easy to check them and will leave you free to enjoy what really matters."
UK law requires that all tyres must have a tread of at least 1.6 millimetres across the central three-quarters of the compound.
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