A record number of garages and tyre retailers in the region are showing their support for October’s tyre safety month, which is organised by not-for-profit organisation TyreSafe, by offering free tyre safety checks to motorists.
The safety inspections are just one part of this year’s campaign which is trying to help drivers stay safe on the roads as we approach the wettest and most treacherous months of the year.
“It’s often said that the best things in life are free, and these important safety checks really are a great example of this,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.
“We’ve devised a number of ways to help people to check their own tyres, but there really is no substitute for having a qualified professional offer their expertise and make a significant contribution to helping make our roads a safer place.”
To find your nearest tyre retailer or garage offering free tyre safety checks throughout October, drivers can call the campaign hotline on 0845 301 6852.
As part of the checks, tyres will be inspected to ensure they have adequate tread depth to make them safe and legal, are inflated to the correct and are free from any cuts, lumps or bulges which may indicate internal damage.
For those drivers preferring to inspect their tyres themselves, TyreSafe has developed a range of online resources including a short animation showing how to take its 20p test. The campaign is also being supported with a new Facebook page – www.facebook.com/tyresafeUK – which asks drivers to take the 20p pledge, meaning they commit to having their tyres inspected within the next week.
For more information about TyreSafe and tyre safety, visit www.tyresafe.org.
TyreSafe is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and worn tyres.
In 2009, TyreSafe was awarded with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its achievements in raising awareness about the dangers associated with driving on defective and worn tyres.
TyreSafe supports the government’s ACT ON CO2 campaign which promotes Smarter Driving tips to help cut CO2 emissions from driving.
TyreSafe is a signatory to the European Road Safety Charter which aims to reduce road fatalities.
TyreSafe is a supporter of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety which aims to make roads safer and save lives.