Check your tyres ahead of the Easter rush

JonathanApril 15, 2014

The Easter weekend is a traditionally busy time on the UK's roads.

Schools have already broken up for the holidays and people will no doubt be looking to escape over the extended weekend. While some head for the airports to catch some spring sun in warmer climes, the UK's motorways will be packed full of holidaymakers enjoying a staycation by the sea or in the countryside.

Although the weather can be unpredictable around this time of year, motorists need to be doing all they can to ensure they are prepared for any eventuality. Before heading off, people should be checking that their car is in working order and tyres are a vital part of these assessments – and it can only take a matter of minutes.

TyreSafe is urging people to take a few moments out of their preparations to ensure that their tyres are correctly inflated, especially those towing caravans and motorhomes. Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained that inspecting both the car and mobile home is critical before setting off.

Mr Jackson said: "For many, Easter is the first time of the year that they will be heading away in their caravan or motorhome. After the winter when they’ve often had little or no use, it’s essential that the vehicle’s tyres are checked thoroughly before use otherwise a number of potential safety hazards could bring an abrupt end a relaxing holiday.”

Tread depth is important and people should ensure that they are within UK minimum tread depth regulations of 1.6mm across the central three quarter of the tread, around its entire circumference. A simple way to check this is by using a 20p coin. Place the coin into the main grooves of the tyre and if the outer band of the coin is visible then the tyre may need replacing.

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