Today’s car drivers have so many in-car devices to make road travel safer for themselves and their passengers; child car and booster seats, seatbelts and airbags to name a few. However, while the use of these is usually strictly adhered to there is one important aspect of car safety that is often overlooked – tyres.
Childminders, grandparents and other carers are often required to take their young charges in the car to and from school or nursery, clubs and on trips out, yet worryingly one in four drivers may be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres.
This alarming statistic is based on a survey conducted by TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, in partnership with Highways England which looked at more than 340,000 tyres at the point of replacement.
Monthly safety checks
With Child Safety Week taking place this week (5-11 June) the UK’s tyre safety charity, TyreSafe, is appealing to all carers of young children to find out what they should be doing on a monthly basis to ensure their tyres are roadworthy.
TyreSafe’s Child care Tyre Care campaign is aimed at anyone who drives with youngsters on board and an animation, web page and leaflet are aimed at reminding or educating them of the simple steps they need to take.
How difficult is it to check my tyres?
It’s straightforward and any driver should be able to check their own tyres, but a tyre professional can also do it on your behalf.
Why should I check my tyres?
Car tyres are the only part of the car in contact with the road, which makes their maintenance essential for road safety. Safe tyres save lives.
How often should I check my tyres and how long will it take?
Once a month is the recommended interval for checks and it should take just a few minutes. Checks should also be carried out before long journeys.
What do I need to do?
Remember the mnemonic ACT and follow the three steps below.
A – Air pressure. Using an accurate tyre pressure gauge to check the pressure on each tyre against your car manufacturer’s recommended pressures. These can be found on a sticker in the car door shut or there is a pressure checker guide on the TyreSafe website.
C – Condition. Look at the overall condition of your tyres, removing any loose stones or embedded objects in the tread and checking for uneven wear. Any cuts, cracks or bumps should be checked by a professional as they may be an indication of more serious damage.
T – Tread depth. Ensure all tyres comply with the UK’s minimum tread depth requirements of 1.6mm. Use a 20p coin as a handy depth gauge and insert it into the tread at intervals around the circumference of the tyres and across its width. If you can see any of coin’s outer rim showing at any point then your tread depth is below the legal limit and the tyre should be replaced immediately.
Please share this important safety message with all driver-carers of young children in your community.
Copies of the Home Safely posters and information leaflet - for display in nurseries, toddler group venues, childminders etc- can be obtained by emailing.
TyreSafe is the UK’s tyre safety charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres (registration number 1168354).
You can also follow TyreSafe on Twitter and Facebook and share the campaign and tips via social media.