#TyreSafetyMonth – Tyre Safety facts you need to know

Here at AlignMyCar, we are supporting TyreSafe‘s Tyre Safety Month campaign; an annual campaign highlighting the importance of tyre safety.

“The need for the annual tyre safety campaign has once again been underlined by the research carried out by the TyreSafe team and the evidence collated” according to the TyreSafe website. The campaign is widely popular amongst independent tyre shops, garages, fleet companies and workshops who want to educate Britain’s everyday motorists on Tyre Safety checks we should all be conducting on our vehicles.

This includes checking tread depth, tyre pressure, tyre balancing and wheel alignment – something we certainly have expertise on!

This year’s theme for the Tyre Safety Month campaign is ‘Get into the Groove’ where TyreSafe is inviting Britain’s drivers to ‘Tune into Tyre Safety’. Check out the video below:

Tyre Safety is something we strive to educate everyone on, especially when it comes to the importance of Wheel Alignment and the benefits of having your tyres re-aligned.

When your tyres are misaligned, it can cause so many problems such as vibration on the steering wheel, premature tyre wear and even problems with steering your vehicle in the correct angle. Simply put, wheel alignment can result in safer driving and can extend the life of your tyres.

But still, so many people choose to ignore the importance of overall tyre safety and the risks that can happen when tyres are not checked properly. Because as great as the safety benefits are of ensuring your tyres are checked and maintained, the risks and dangers can be even greater and life-threatening.

Thanks to TyreSafe, we have gathered some important statistics that you need to be aware of to ensure you are Tyre Safe, not just this month, but all year round:

1 in 4 vehicles could have illegal tyres this year

It might sound like a small statistic, but adding this up can really affect road users.

If every vehicle driver was to make sure they check their tyres were checked, they would be no more tyre-related incidents, making the roads a much safer place to drive on.

Some people don’t even realise that they are driving on illegal tyres because they are unaware of the signs.

A fool-proof test to check if your tyres are illegal is the 20p test – a quick and easy way to see if your tyre tread exceeds the minimum legal tread depth. Simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre and if the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit.

Try it for yourself and ‘get into the groove!’

There have been 5,375 casualties from tyre-related incidents in the last 5 years

That’s a statistic you do not want to be a part of.

Tyre-related incidents can cause up to 1000 casualties a year on our roads and nearly 200 of these are killed or seriously injured.

It’s become so bad that there are now more road casualties caused by tyre-related incidents than those where drivers have been distracted by their phones when driving.

By checking your tyres, you are not only saving yourself from getting into a tyre-related incident; you are also saving other road users around you.

3 points can be added to your licence for each illegal tyre

Imagine this: all four of your tyres are illegal. That’s 12 points on your license, which is enough to revoke your driving license for a whole year.

One small check on your tyres which could take 10 minutes can ensure you don’t lose one whole year of driving.

That means no more driving to the shops to grab something, or being able to drive on the weekends.

Having your license revoked could affect you getting to work and if you’re a company vehicle driver, you risk not only getting to work, but you could risk your employment.

Plus, not only do your risk adding points to your license, but drivers who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £2,500!

That is certainly money you don’t want to spend!

You should check your tyres at least once a month

Once a month, every month, according to TyreSafe.

And on top of checking your tyres once a month, you should be getting a wheel alignment done every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or once every year. Especially if you get your tyres changed.

This ensures your tyres are safe for the road and avoids misalignment which can be caused by crooked steering, potholes on the roads and excessive tyre wear.

You should also check your tyres before going on any long journeys. You don’t want to end up in a sticky situation where you have a tyre puncture on the way to the airport!

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