TyreSafe urges drivers to tread carefully

National road safety charity TyreSafe is urging drivers to pay special attention to the condition of their tyres this winter and replace them before they cause avoidable risks to road users.

There are over 40,000 tyre-related incidents on Britain’s motorways and major roads every year.

The festive period also sees an increase in people travelling with vehicles loaded with passengers, luggage and gifts, often in more challenging weather conditions. This means performing tyre checks and adjusting tyre pressures according to a vehicle’s load is increasingly important.

The charity uses the simple ACT (air pressure, condition and tread) acronym to remind drivers to check the air pressure, condition and tread of each tyre.

Driving with air pressures below or above the recommended settings can severely compromise grip, which is particularly hazardous in icy and wet conditions.

Stuart Lovatt, TyreSafe chair, said: “This year, money will be tight for many families, and the message we are sharing is that Christmas, for many, will see need prevailing over want when it comes to what’s under the tree. Tyre safety is more than just a luxury, it is a necessity, and the absence of it could have tragic consequences. A monetary contribution to help a loved one purchase a much-needed new tyre, or pressure gauge or even the gift of time to help show someone how carry out the necessary checks could be a lifesaving present.

“It only takes a few minutes to check your tyres and could be the difference between an incredible Christmas and a devastating new year.”