01 October 2014

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to carry out monthly tyre checks to make them safer on the roads.

This month is National Tyre Safety Month and many tyre retailers will be offering a free tyre safety check that includes a tyre pressure check.

It’s important to check tyres regularly because the tread grooves on your tyres help to evacuate water from the road surface so your car can grip the road properly. In wet conditions, tyres with a good tread depth can typically clear enough water from the road to fill a bucket in around 7 seconds!

Without sufficient tread depth and incorrect pressure, your tyres may not be able to grip the road properly and you face an increased risk of aquaplaning.

How do I know if my tyres are safe?

The correct pressure settings for your car can be found inside the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver's door sill, or you can download an app or go online and give your vehicle registration number to find the correct tyre pressure.

There’s a simple way to check if your tyres have enough tread depth. Take a 20p coin and place it in the main grooves of your tyre. If you can see the outer band of the 20p coin when it's placed in the tyre, then the tyres may be dangerous and illegal and should be inspected by a tyre professional.

Shaun De Groot, Road Safety Co-ordinator for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Please take the time to check your tyres. Just think of the people you share your car with and other road users. You wouldn’t play Russian roulette, especially with your family. If you’re thinking of taking the gamble, I suggest you think of the consequences and ‘get a grip’.”