Glasgow, UK, October 4, 2011 — Tyre safety month has arrived and TyreSafe.org are using the 2011 campaign to highlight winter driving safety. After two of the harshest winters in recent history, the campaign hopes to alert drivers to their responsibility to have road legal car tyres and ensure their own and others’ safety on the roads.
The owner of a vehicle is legally responsible for ensuring tyres are safe, legal and roadworthy. Failure to do so is not just selfish to other road users, but costly to the responsible driver. Breaking the laws on tyre safety can cost three penalty points for each illegal tyre and fines of up to 2,500.
TyreSafe are teaming up with local dealerships across the country for free safety checks on tyres, making it easier for drivers to ensure they are complying with the law. A wide selection of resources have also been made available to drivers, including leaflets, posters, online videos and the “Magnificent 7” collection of safety tips.
Police across the country have got involved in the tyre safety month campaign, with many forces allocating resource to stop and check cars believed to be driving on illegal tyres. Forces, including the Cumbria Constabulary’s Collision Investigation Unit will be encouraging drivers to take the “20p test”, the simplest check that drivers can do to ensure they are road legal. Tread can be tested by placing a 20p coin into tyre tread. If the tread is deep enough to cover the border on the coin, then the tyre is acceptable for legal road use.
If tyres need to be replaced, cheap tyres are available at www.valuetyres.co.uk. Their simple online tool allows drivers to get the correct tyre for their vehicle, and arrange fitting at a local garage, making the purchase of tyres online as reliable as at a local dealer at a lower cost.
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