The May Bank holiday is close, which means roads of the UK will be busy as as millions of motorists hit the motorways.

Before you go on a trip, remember to do some simple tyre checks.

Two of the main culprits of tyre blowouts are air pressure and the tyre condition.

Tyre Pressure

Ensuring that your tyres are inflated to the correct air pressure is critical – especially if your vehicle is carrying extra weight due to passengers and luggage.

If the pressures are not correct and your tyres are running under-inflated, the heat of the tyre will build up to dangerous levels – which can lead to premature tyre failure.

Tyre Condition

The condition of your tyres should be given at least a visual inspection before a long journey to spot any potential problems.

If you see any objects which have become embedded in the tread make sure to remove these. Should you find a cut, lump or bulge make sure to seek out a mechanic to check your tyres immediately.

At present, the UK law requires that your tyres have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre – around the circumference of the whole tyre.

Considering the extreme changes in weather we’ve seen recently (sunny one minute, hail stones the next!) then make sure to check you have adequate tread depth to cope with wet roads.

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