One of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisations is reminding drivers to practise #SafeTyreChecks as they load up their vehicles for the summer holiday season.
While the majority of cars are driven with just one or two passengers and light loads for most of the year, the additional luggage and number of occupants carried on vacation demands all the tyres’ air pressures are adjusted to safely accommodate the extra weight.
If not, the car will use more fuel than necessary, tyres will wear more quickly, the way it handles will be affected and the chances of a sudden deflation increase substantially, TyreSafe warn.
TyreSafe chairman, Stuart Jackson said: “Almost every family holiday begins with a road trip, whether that’s all the way to the final destination or to the airport.
“For most of us, that load will be unusually high, but too few families take this into account and they don’t adjust their tyre pressures to match.”
Tyres should be inspected for general roadworthiness, have no bulges, cuts or other damage, and the tread depth should be above the legal limit of 1.6mm.