Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Fife Autocentre is urging Fife’s drivers to check their car’s tyres.
Staggeringly, research has revealed more than half of all tyres are below the recommended settings, which is especially dangerous when a car is fully-laden. Low air pressure in tyres makes a vehicle more difficult to control and reduces the amount of grip with the road, increasing braking distances and the chances of aquaplaning.
Car manufacturers typically recommend two air pressures for the vehicle – one with a light load and the other for use when it is fully-loaded. The settings can be found in the handbook, filler cap or even on the pillar inside the door. Pressures should be adjusted when the tyres are cold and not when the car has been driven for any significant distance, ideally less than two miles.
While adjusting pressures, Fife Autocentre is also advising drivers to check the tyres have enough tread. The legal limit is 1.6mm but if the owner is in any doubt, it should be checked.
For those who don’t feel confident doing that themselves, Fife Autocentre offers a free tyre check. Fife Autocentre will also ensure the condition of the tyres is roadworthy, with no lumps bumps or embedded objects in them.
As an official supporter of TyreSafe, Fife Autocentre has been campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of regular tyre checks to minimise the risk of a tyre-related incident
Far too many accidents are caused simply because drivers haven’t checked their tyres before they take to the road. Even if that results in a puncture or other tyre-related breakdown, you can be sure the journey will be nowhere near as pleasant as it might have been.
Between them, the breakdown recovery services attend hundreds of thousands of tyre-related call-outs every year so you can be sure of a wait before help will arrive.
“Fife Autocentre wants Fife’s motorists to be tyre safe at all times."