How safe are your tyres - Will they be effective when you need them??
15th October 2018:
As I previously mentioned - below - there were going to be tyre checks at various location. Last Thursday, I visited battle in East Sussex to see what was happening there and to see the new tyre scanner device in action. Take a look at the video below and see how we got on.
PC Phil Barrow and Fire Fighter Clive York
Here is a good advert that was provided by Highways England and is very true - why would you go on a plane if you thought that the tyres may not work.
12th October 2018:
Some good activity took place over in Chichester yesterday - with around 100 vehicles having their tyres checked. Seven vehicles were given advisory notices concerning tread depths. Accompanying the team were representatives from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council, who were on hand with the Fire Prevention Bus to give advice and information, which proved to be very popular. There will be more events like this one across the county over the month - raising awareness of how important tyres are - afterall, they are the only things that hold you on the road.
The team will be at the following location - come and see them and find out more about tyre safety and how you can help yourself
11th October we will be at Mount Street Car Park
18th October we will be at layby heading North on A21 (Mobile Café there)
19th October we will be at 1066 Café A21
30th October we will be visiting the Car Parks around Battle (all 6 of them)
Hopefully we will have no examples of really bad tyres to show you on here afterwards!!
3rd October 2018:
Highways England have invested in cutting edge technology to reduce the number of illegal tyres on our roads by introducing a Tread Reader which will scan the depth of tread on a tyre to make sure they are road legal. This in turn, will help to reduce the number of road traffic collisions involving defective vehicle tyres. The Tread Reader will be used as an educational tool to bring it to the attention of the driver to have their tyres checked professionally by a competent tyre fitter.
Battle Fire Station are very lucky that they will be the first Fire Station in the county to use the Tread Reader and will be assisted by PC Phil Barrow Casualty Reduction Officer from Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit. The team will be visiting various locations around Battle and surrounding areas using the device. Drivers do not need to be present when the tyres on their vehicle are being checked as a leaflet will be left on the windscreen of their vehicles pointing out which tyre(s) need checking.
1st October 2018:
Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is pleased to be supporting the National Tyres Safe month which is running throughout October 2018.
The idea is to raise awareness of just how important it is to keep your tyres in check - "Look after them and they will look after you" is the old saying - and of course is true. Throughout the month I will be adding useful information, photos, videos and links to articles that will arm you with relevant information to keep you safe on the roads.
Take a look at this video that Tyre Safe have produced which has its chart topping top 5....
Tyre safe have some frequently asked questions about tyres as below:
Q. How often should my tyres be checked?
A. Tyres should be inspected at least once a month and before any long journey. Checks should include checking the air pressure, overall condition and tread depth. And don’t forget to check the spare or the compressor and sealant if no spare was fitted!
More of frequently asked question can be found here really good information that ultimately, will keep you and your tyres safe. Once you are in the routine of making these checks and knowing what to look for, it really doesn't take that long.
So what's a really simple way of checking the tread depth of a tyre? A 20p coin. Take a look at the below video that explains how and why -Its from 2010 but still relevant.
Give it a go - it does work - heres a recap - Place your 20p coin into the main tread grooves of the tyre, if the outer band of the 20p coin is not visible when inserted, your tread is above the legal limit. The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band within the central ¾ of the tread. If you can see the outer band of the coin your tyres may be illegal and unsafe and certainly be best to be checked by a professional.
If you are a professional driver - drive for work then you maybe aware of "Diving for Better Business" (DfBB) which is a HIghways England initiative that Sussex Safer Roads is supporting - click HERE to see how DfBB can help and support you with all things driving - including vehicle checks and maintenance.
You may be reading this nad thinking "I need new tyres" and may be thinking about part worn tyres. Take a look at this video from tyre safe.
This impactful video highlights the frightening but all too commonplace safety issues part worn tyres may have when they are sold to unsuspecting members of the public. Even though there are clear regulations surrounding the sale of part worns, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations consistently uncover an alarming number with poor puncture repairs, internal damage and even nails in them. All the tyres featured in Fit & Hope were bought from part worn retailers or seized during TyreSafe and Trading Standards’ joint investigations.
The true-to-life experience of buyers in the video was further reinforced during a recent activity TyreSafe carried out with Police Scotland, Trading Standards, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and BBC Scotland. During the raid of one premise, 23 tyres were seized with a range of potentially lethal defects including one tyre with an embedded socket in the tread, another with a six-inch nail and many others with severe internal damage.
While the sale of part worn tyres is legal in the UK, TyreSafe strongly recommends buying new tyres.
While the sale of part worns is legal in the UK the law is very clear about the status and condition that second-hand tyres should adhere to. The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg. 7.), which is part of the Consumer Protection Act, states that it is an offence to sell part worn tyres that do not meet key requirements:
They must be stamped permanently and legibly with ‘PART WORN’ in letters at least 4mm high on the sidewall. This is to confirm the tyre has been properly inspected and, in the opinion of the seller, is safe and legal to sell
They must have a minimum of at least 2mm tread left across the full breadth of the tread and around its entire circumference
They should be free of cuts, bulges or lumps
No plies or cords should be exposed
Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale
More than five million part worn tyres are sold each year to motorists in the UK despite widespread concern at their safety and of the competence of retailers. Recent investigations have found as many as 94 per cent of the tyres tested do not comply with current regulations and 58 per cent have safety-related defects.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chairman said: “Unfortunately, each time TyreSafe carries out an investigation to monitor how part worn tyres are sold in different regions of the UK, the findings remain worryingly similar. Part worns are regularly being sold by retailers who, at best, do not fully understand their obligations under the law, or, at worst have little concern for the safety of those buying their tyres.
“All too often part worn means part safe, so TyreSafe recommends you don’t fit them and hope but buy new tyres as you can be sure of their safety.”
The link HERE gives you the legal position on part worn tyres.