October is Tyre Safety Month
01 October 2017
The tyres on your work van no doubt lead a hard life, but do you regularly check their condition?
Carrying loads, frequent journeys on rough ground or repeated kerb scuffing can cause damage and wear and tear to your tyres. It’s important to make sure they remain safe, so we've listed a number of ways to stay on top of your tyres.
October is all about tyre safety, a useful reminder for you to check that your tyres are safe and roadworthy, or find a dealer who will check your tyres for you, for free!
The tyres on your work van or car no doubt lead a hard life, carrying loads or many journeys, often in tough working environments. Rough ground or repeated kerb scuffing can also cause damage and wear and tear. It’s therefore important to carry out regular checks on vehicles of all ages, to make sure the tyres remain safe.
1. Check your tyre pressure
Did you know that under-inflated tyres affect handling and grip? They also require a bigger force to make them turn, using more fuel.
Checking your tyre pressures once a month will see benefits such as; lower fuel bills, longer tyre life, increased safety and reduced CO2 emissions.
2. Check your tread depth
You can be fined up to £2,500 and issued 3 penalty points, PER TYRE, if they are found to not meet Current UK law requirements, irrespective of whether the vehicle is company owned or not.
Current UK law requires all tyres have a minimum tyre tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread and around its entire circumference.
It’s simple to check your tread depth by using a 20p coin. If the outer band of the coin is visible when inserted into the tyre tread grooves, the tyre may not have sufficient tread depth and should be examined further by a professional.
3. Stay Safe
Visit tyresafe for a whole host of information and tools aimed at helping you keep your tyres safe, including a handy guide for van owners.