Drivers urged to check their tyres or risk a blowout

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Drivers have been warned to regularly inspect their tyres or face issues that could lead to a blowout on the roads.

A spokesperson from noted that a large number of motorists admit to not checking their tyres often. 

They explained: “With thousands of car journeys happening every day a common mistake is for drivers to forget to monitor their tyre conditions.

“It’s vital for road users to regularly check their tyre pressure and look out for punctures before embarking on a journey.”

First, it’s recommended that drivers always check the treads of their vehicle’s tyres every other week or before any long journey.

In hotter weather, the road’s heat can soften the tyres, increasing friction and the rate at which the treads are worn down.

UK legislation states that tyre treads cannot be less than 1.6mm, and violators will be subject to a £2,500 fine for each offending tyre.

Motorists should also regularly monitor the tyre pressures of their car, with highlighting that they can vary by up to 2 psi with every 10-degree change in temperature.

Low tyre pressure can lengthen braking distances and increase fuel consumption, while high tyre pressure can cause blowouts.

The company suggested that drivers check the suggested tyre pressures for their particular car by looking for a sticker on the driver’s door sill or in the owner’s manual.

The company also urged drivers to keep an eye out for any road hazards that can harm their tyres when driving and to be aware of their tyres at all times.

The spokesperson added: “Keep an eye on the road as potholes can create issues such as tread separation and punctures which can lead to a blowout.

“Be mindful of other drivers and stay sensible when avoiding them.”

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