October and November are Tyre Safety Months
Ok, so we all know looking after your tyres is something we have to do, albeit a bit of a chore.
At Cuffs many people admit to us that they don’t ever check their tyres, but when its not just your safety that’s at risk. It’s your wallet too.
It doesn’t matter what you drive, from the oldest Fiesta to the latest Edge Vignale, only a small patch of rubber separates you from the road.
“So, tell me!” I hear you cry… Well…
Tyres last longer If you run your tyres 20% under inflated – they may only last 80% as long; which is great if you like paying for new tyres more regularly… but not if you don’t.
It costs you more in fuel If your tyres are under inflated by 20% – You will typically use another 3% more fuel
It affects braking and handling No surprises here, if your tyres are under inflated you vehicle won’t handle or brake as it should do. Tyresafe.org reckon that “On average, 1100 casualties a year result from incidents where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres” were partially responsible.
You need to check your tread too The legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm (tyres start off at 8mm), However it is recommended that they are changed at around 3mm – the RAC states “The difference in wet braking distance between a tyre worn to 3mm and one worn to 1.6mm can be as much as 44%.” This is obviously worse in wet and slippery conditions where water can’t disperse through the tyre tread.
Checking your tyres takes a couple of minutes and the benefits could save your wallet, your car or maybe even your life.