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Tyre Safety Month

by Laura Johnston

For Tyre Safety Month this October, the council’s Road Safety team is working with Highways England to offer free tyre checks.

You can get your tyres checked and receive advice from an expert at Huyton’s ASDA store on Tuesday 1 October between 10am and 2pm

Find out how you can keep your tyres safe all year round yourself…

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 all of a sudden.

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.

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. 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.

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 2019 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.