October - Tyre Safety Month
Added: 28 September 2017
A study conducted by TyreSafe* revealed Britain’s motorists could be spending up to £600 million on unnecessary fuel bills. Research** suggests as many as 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below recommended inflation pressures, increasing vehicles’ fuel consumption and the risk of being involved in an incident.
As a result, the question the tyre safety charity is posing to the country’s drivers during October’s forthcoming Tyre Safety Month is: Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?
While the need to carry out regular tyre checks may seem obvious an alarming number of Britain’s motorists are replacing their tyres only when they have already become illegal and dangerous. If they carried out tyre checks, this avoidable safety issue could be rectified.
A shocking 35% of tyres are being driven at least 8psi below the vehicle manufacturers’ recommendation.
Air Pressure has a decisive influence on the way your vehicle accelerates, brakes and corners
Safe tyres with the correct air pressure can reduce the risks to you, your passengers and all road users
Checking your tyre pressures is quick and easy. Here are a few tips to help you.
- Check your pressures at least once a month or before any long journeys
- Check your pressures when the tyres are cold before you have driven more than a couple of miles
- Check the pressure in all four tyres and don’t forget the spare
- Use an accurate and reliable pressure gauge
- Set your pressures according to the recommended settings. They can be found in your owner’s manual, inside the fuel filler cap or on the driver’s door pillar. Pressures can vary depending on load, speed and types of tyres, so if you’re not sure, just ask your Ford Dealer
- If you are planning a journey with a full load don’t forget that your tyre pressures should be increased in line with the recommendation in the handbook
- When checking the pressures, also give each tyre a visual inspection to ensure it is in good condition. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts and remove any stones from the tread. If something doesn’t look right, have it inspected immediately by a tyre professional
- Remember to replace the valve caps securely after checking the tyre pressures
Book your FREE tyre safety check at your local Keith Motors dealership.
* TyreSafe study using Department for Transport data 2016; Michelin’s Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years); The Society of Manufacturers and Traders; and fuel at an average cost of £1.21 per litre
** Michelin’s Fill Up With Air data (compiled over the past eight years)
*** Maxxis International UK PLC