The shocking new figures released by the Department for Transport last week which showed that tyre related casualties in the UK increased by 16 percent in 2014 to more than 1,125 people, just goes to show how unaware motoring public is about the need for checking their tyres. Wheel alignment advice portal AlignMyCar is proud to be supporting TyreSafe in this October’s tyre safety month to help raise the awareness that is needed.
“Our 300 specialist wheel alignment centres around the UK are regularly seeing drivers coming in who’s tyres are unsafe and illegal as they well beyond the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm,” comments Kathryn Beaurain from AlignMyCar. “With such high levels of neglect and disregard for the state of their tyres, it’s sadly no great surprise that so many casualties have been caused which is why we’re urging drivers to follow TyreSafe’s advice and spend just a few minutes each month to check their tyres are safe and legal.”
The latest figures bring the total number of tyre related casualties in the UK to more than 5,600 in the last five years alone.
Among the laws relating to tyres, car drivers must ensure they have at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Drivers found to be in breach of this law not only risk their safety on the road, but could also face fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
“Nowadays it seems that many drivers have lost the skills to complete the most basic of car checks themselves, relying instead on their annual MOT test to identify problems but this is simply not enough,” adds Beaurain. “Drivers performing regular monthly tyre inspections themselves will be able to identify minor issues such as uneven wear which can be addressed before they become a major issue. Being proactive in prevention can save drivers a lot. Visiting a tyre specialist who may be able to check items, such as your tyres (if you don’t feel confident enough to yourself) and also an alignment check, may then help motorists to save money, but perhaps more importantly remain safer on the road.”