It won’t have escaped your notice that the clocks go back this weekend, and with that comes longer, darker nights. That also means most people with face the home time commute in the dark, so now’s the perfect time to give your tyres a comprehensive safety check.
We all know this is the time of year when road conditions become more treacherous and accident levels typically increase, so we should do everything e can to minimise the risks.
Tyre pressures should be checked to ensure they are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended levels.
The condition of tyres should also be inspected to ensure they are free from cuts, lumps or bulges. Finally, tread depth should be checked to ensure it is well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm around the entire circumference of the tyre.
If the safety benefits of adequate tread aren’t enough to convince drivers to check their tyres, they should also bear in mind the possible punitive implications. Drivers found to be driving on illegal tyres face a fine of up to £2500 and three penalty points on their licence for each illegal tyre.
“Adequate tread depth is particularly important during the winter, as it is essential for safety in the wet,” Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said.
Blackcircles.com stocks a comprehensive range of winter tyres, in addition to standard tyres, all at the most competitive prices. Plus we can arrange for you to have your car’s new tyres fitted at a time and location best-suited to you.