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Tyre Treads: Keeping Safe on UK Roads


October this year marked the UK’s Tyre Safety Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding improper care of tyres and the use of those that are deficient, damaged or illegal. This year marks the 8th year of the event, since its inception in 2006. The campaigning of Tyre Safe has had some fantastic results, with the number of people killed or seriously injured in a tyre-related accident by 30% – Tyre Safe subsequently received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2009. The EU Road Safety Charter was created to help combat the deaths and injuries

It is often unnoticed and underappreciated by road users in all kinds of vehicles, but the importance of tyre tread in road safety cannot be underestimated. As the tread wears down, our vehicles’ ability to grip the road worsens, which can obviously cause a serious risk to you, other road users and pedestrians.

It is important that you are aware of the regulations regarding tread depth and how to tell when yours has reached an insufficient level. A common trick for checking your tyre pressure with minimum effort is deceptively simple – a 20p piece is the only tool you need. Simply place your coin vertically into the tread of the tyre – if the outer band of the 20p is covered, then your tread is at a sufficient depth.

Should you find that your tread does not cover the outer band of the coin, you should seek the help of a professional and have your tyres replaced immediately. As well as posing a safety risk to you and those around you, you face a maximum fine of £2,500 for driving with insufficient tread depth. Issues like longer stopping distance, considerably less traction and an increased risk of aquaplaning which can be incredibly dangerous, even fatal.

Here at Tyres Northampton, we are proud to specialise in the supply and installation of a range of premium brand tyres and budget tyres alike. With a range of stock available for a variety of vehicles from motorbikes to 4x4s, we have exactly what you need and the knowledge and skill to provide it for you, get in touch today!



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