Student season has arrived; current and new students all flock back to university with cars fit to burst, filled to the brim with food parcels, flat pack furniture and brand spanking new text books (well maybe some of them). However this puts considerable pressure on the vehicle’s tyres, which could impact the journey!
Students are being encouraged to check their car’s tyres are safe and the legal limit before making the often long journey back. Research among young drivers who attended the most recent V-festival found 20% had never checked their tyre tread depths or pressures. One in ten even saw it as their parents responsibility to check their tyres were road safe!
“Being a safe driver isn’t just about sticking to speed limits and ignoring your mobile phone,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “There’s also a host of other important responsibilities such as making regular checks and carrying out basic maintenance on your tyres. When going back to university, it’s likely that the car is heavily laden or travelling a long distance, making it perhaps more important than ever that these checks are completed.”
So before you or your child returns to university, Tyresafe recommend young drivers to carry out three important tyre checks:
1. Check pressures to ensure they match the vehicle manufactures recommended settings, details can be found in the vehicle handbook.
2. Ensure tyre tread depths exceed the minimum legal amount of 1.6mm. Not sure how to do this? Click here to find out about the 20p test.
3. Finally give your tyres a once over, paying particular attention to cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyres.
Click here for more info from TyreSafe.