DRIVERS in Warwickshire are being urged to ‘ACT’ by checking their tyres during Tyre Safety Month in October.
Warwickshire Police is using the acronym to remind motorists to check ‘Air pressure, Condition and Tread’ at least once a month, and always before long journeys.
During 2018/19, there was one fatal collision and one serious injury collision in Warwickshire where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were to blame.
During the same period, officers issued 55 Traffic Offence Reports due to unsafe tyres.
Each bald or defective tyre carries a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points.
Sergeant Shaun Bridle said: “Tyres are the only part of your vehicle that are in contact with the road you are driving on.
“For your safety and the safety of other road users it is vital your tyres are kept in a good condition and checked regularly for your vehicle to steer and brake effectively and stay on the road.”
Even though the tread depth of 1.6mm is the legal minimum, Warwickshire Police recommended replacing tyres once the tread is below 3mm because stopping distances increase dramatically for cars below this tread depth, particularly in wet conditions.
During Tyre Safety month, Warwickshire Police will be sharing UK charity TyreSafe’s social media messages and asking drivers to ‘ACT’ to check their tyres at least once a month and always before long journeys.
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