‘Check your tyres’ before driving off on summer trips

The advice comes from TyreSafe – a not-for-profit organisation committed to raising awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.

TyreSafe believes that in order to check tyres correctly it is best to remember your ACT – it’s as easy as ABC.

A stands for air pressure, C stands for condition of tyres and wheels, while T stands for tread depth.

The manufacturer’s manual will tell you what the air pressure should be – it is an especially important detail for families travelling with heavy luggage.

To ensure that the condition of tyres and wheels is excellent you should clean the dirt from the valves and consider correcting the steering alignment if the front tyres exhibit signs of excessive wear.

Removing foreign objects from treads is also essential.

Which brings us on to tread depth – a minimum of 1.6mm of tread is legally required. To have under-inflated tyres is to risk overheating, while over-inflated tyres can lead to poor vehicle handling.

The wrong tyre pressure can lead to excessive fuel consumption and more bothersome trips to the petrol pump.

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