National Tyre Safety Month

There are over 37 million vehicles on the UK’s roads. But did you know potentially one-in-four has illegal or poorly maintained tyres?

October Is Tyre Safety Month and the TyreSafe team are campaign for motorists to check their tyres ONCE a month, EVERY month.

The need for the annual tyre safety campaign in October has once again been underlined by the research carried out by the TyreSafe team and the evidence collated. TyreSafe and tyre safety awareness depend on support to drive the change in attitudes needed to help reduce the number of tyre-related incidents on our roads.

October Is Tyre Safety Month and the TyreSafe team are campaign for motorists to check their tyres ONCE a month, EVERY month.

Tread depth is important to maintain good grip on wet roads but, as the tread wears down, the tyres will lose the ability of good grip. The ‘20p test’ is a quick way to check the tread depth. Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves at three points across the tyre and then repeat around its circumference. If the outer band is visible, the tyres may be unsafe or illegal and need to be checked by a tyre professional.

Tyre pressure is equally important. Having the right pressure ensures the car handles as it should, reduces the risk of a sudden deflation and helps keep fuel consumption of the vehicle at its optimal level. The car manufacturer typically displays the correct pressures in the door shut or filler cap, but it can always be found in the owner’s manual or on TyreSafe’s pressure checker. Remember there are two pressures – one for normal loads and the other when fully laden.

While you’re checking pressures, it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the tyre’s condition. Tyres are never manufactured with lumps, bumps or objects sticking in them, so if you see any of these, you’ll need to have the tyre inspected. If objects like stones are wedged in the tread, remove them if you can.


Good Practice

Checking your tyre pressures is quick and easy. Here’s 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