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Be safe on the roads - check your tyres

30 September 2015

October is Tyre Safety Month. The campaign encourages motorists to help reduce the risk of accidents by practising tyre safety checks on their vehicle.

Louise Marritt, Road Safety team leader at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The tread depth of a tyre has a direct influence on the way your vehicle accelerates, brakes and corners. Safe tyres with legal tread depth will reduce the risks to you, your passengers and other road users. Driving on tyres with illegal tread depth not only reduces your safety on the road but you also risk a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points on your licence for each illegal tyre.”

A recent survey carried out by TyreSafe found that more than 27% of people only replaced their tyres when they were already illegal. This means that there are around 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres on Britain’s roads this year, which equates to one in four vehicles currently driving on our roads.

In support of TyreSafe’s Tyre Safety Month motorists are urge to act, by checking vehicle tyre’s at least once a month for:

• Air pressure
• Condition
• Tread depth

Why not post a picture on Twitter showing yourself practising #SafeTyreChecks

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