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Tyre Safety Month 2021

Tyre Safety Month 2021

by Lisa Bennett

It’s Tyre Safety Month this October and the council’s Road Safety team has arranged two free tyre check events.

You can get your tyres checked and receive advice from an expert on the following days:

  • Monday 4th October 10am – 4pm

The Tyre Outlet (Oak Tyres) 296 Liverpool Road, Huyton, L36 3RN

  • Thursday 7th October 10am – 4pm

Lodge Tyres B1 & B2, Kirkby Industrial Estate, Hornhouse Lane, L33 7YQ

The Road Safety team will also be giving out tyre safety resources, including free tread buddy measures as well as information and advice on car seats, drink / drug driving, safer cycling and more.

Whether you’re driving a car, van, motorbike, or another vehicle, tyre safety is important at any time of the year. Find out how you can keep your tyres safe all year round…

Make sure they are correctly inflated

Correct tyre pressure is vital in staying safe on the road. Underinflated tyres affect handling and grip and are more likely to dangerously deflate suddenly.

Overinflated tyres are dangerous as well as it causes a reduced area of contact with the road and makes tyres more likely to get damaged.

You should make sure your tyres are inflated in line with your vehicle manufacturers’ recommendations and check them while they’re cold. Tyres should be checked with a reliable pressure gauge weekly if possible but at least once a month and always before a long journey.

You can check what the correct pressure should be for your car by entering your car registration on the Tyre Safe website.

Make sure they have the correct tread depth

Tyre treads help your tyres drive safely in wet conditions as the tread grooves remove water from the contact patch between tyres and the road surface. This helps your car to brake, steer and accelerate properly.

You should make sure your tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm (for cars). A quick and easy way to check if your tyre tread depth exceeds the minimum legal tread depth is to simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves across the central 3/4 of the tyre. You will know if your tyre is illegal and unsafe to use if the outer band of the coin is visible. If it is, you should get it checked by a qualified tyre professional. Check at least three locations around each tyre and to stay safe, check at least once a month.

For motorbikes and other vehicles, visit the Tyre Safety website.

Make sure they are in good condition

It is important to check that your tyres are roadworthy for all journeys, meaning they do not have any cuts, bumps or bulges. Any lumps or bulges must be examined by a tyre specialist as it could mean there is some internal damage. You should wipe away any oil or grease you find with a suitable diluted detergent.

For more information about Tyre Safety Month 2021 and about tyre safety, visit the Tyre Safe website.

You can also email roadsafety@knowsley.gov.uk for advice on keeping safe on the road and to request a free tyre tread keyring to check that the tread depth of your tyres is safe.