Apr 2012: Ensure Tyre Safety –Travel Safe
Simplest measures undertaken can save you from the perilous hazards of bursting or punctured tyres. Turn your motoring experience into a hassle-free one.
A Common Safety Concern
Tyres going kaput is a very common scenario and associations reviving such tyres gear themselves up during long weekends or national holidays falling on consecutive days, when thousands of motorists hit the roads and are eager for a quick getaway.
As a matter of fact, deflated tyres were the second most widespread cause for calling off the AA gathering in the year 2011!
The Importance of Your Security
The chairman of this leading tyre safety organization, Mr. Stuart Jackson said in one of his media interactions that the amount of time you might end up wasting following your tyre breakdown is enormous compared to the few minutes devoted to inspecting your vehicle’s tyres closely for any anomaly.
He also added that even more important than saving time is the probable extreme danger you might subject yourself, the fellow passengers and other people on the road to.
The Critical Aspects of Tyre Safety
The most important aspects to assured tyre safety are air pressure and general tyre condition. If you have the maximum number of passengers and heavy baggage to be transported, air pressure becomes a very critical parameter for your vehicle tyres being subjected to that extra weight.
Hence, it becomes extremely crucial to pump up tyres with optimum air pressure to ascertain safety.
How to Ensure Optimum Tyre Condition?
Most automobile manufacturers unfailingly specify that increasing tyre pressure becomes inevitable for a vehicle with a heavy load of passengers and baggage.
In case, the driver fails to check this requirement and if the tyres remain under-inflated, the heat that generates within the tyre is atypical enough to cause untimely tyre collapse.
Visual inspection of the tyre might also reveal the presence of any possible glitch. Any objects which might have got fixed in the tyre tread should be carefully removed. And if you notice the presence of any unusual lumps, prominent bulges or cut, it’s necessary that you get an expert to ascertain safe tyre condition.
Another sensible act would be to keep the depth of the tyre tread in check, taking into account the rough British weather conditions and their unpredictability in terms of a sharp and sudden downpour, to make sure your tyre can withstand wet roads.
Tyre Tread and Tyre Safety
Presently the law necessitates that all tyres need to have minimum tread of 1.6mm across their inner three-fourths surrounding its total boundary.
Commendably, TyreSafe has developed its unique 20p test to check for tyre tread depth for the safety of one and all. If you insert one of such coins into the principal grooves of your tyre and if you can still see its outer edge, you need to get a tyre expert to examine your tyre for adequate depth.
TyreSafe is UK's foremost non-profit association keen on raising attentiveness regarding the risks associated with flawed or duplicate tyres and it recommends being proactive in terms of tyre safety.
It may sound cumbersome but keeping your tyres in check for tyre safety is not a far-fetched task. It is as simple as it could be and it can turn your drive into as smooth as a whiff of fresh breeze.