Tyre safety ‘must be considered’ with increase in UK’s extreme weather

9th January 2013

Drivers should be making tyre safety a higher priority when carrying out car maintenance checks with the reports of the UK's change in weather patterns.

The National Climate Information Centre, which is the official climate record organisation in the UK, has provided statistics that suggest that the days of particularly heavy rainfall in the country have become more common than that seen since 1960.

On top of this, the Met Office has pointed out that 2012 was the second wettest year on record across Britain.

With all of this analysis in mind, Stuart Jackson, the chairman of TyreSafe, acknowledged: "Adequate tread depth is essential for safe driving, especially in wet weather which seems to be increasingly commonplace.

"Tyres that do not have enough tread pose a significant danger to the driver, passengers and other road users, so they should be checked regularly to make sure they are safe and legal."

One way to see if a car's tyres are fit for purpose is carrying out the 20p tread depth test.

Simply insert a 20p coin into the main grooves of a tyre and, should the outer band of the coin be visible, then it hints that the product does not have sufficient depth.

Posted by Danielle Barge