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Road Safety GB and TyreSafe form alliance

Thursday 21st August 2014

Road Safety GB has become an official supporter of TyreSafe, the not-for-profit organisation behind the annual Tyre Safety Month campaign.

TyreSafe says that Road Safety GB’s involvement will help raise awareness of the upcoming Tyre Safety Month in October 2014.

Other TyreSafe supporters include the Highways Agency, the Chief Fire Officers Association and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

As a supporter of TyreSafe, Road Safety GB will have access to resources to help it and its members to educate drivers on a wide range of tyre safety topics such as correct inflation, adequate tread depth and part worn tyres.

Similarly, TyreSafe will have even greater access to road safety teams around the UK as well being able to utilise Road Safety GB’s experience, learning and research acquired in other road safety areas.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “We’re delighted to formally mark our ongoing partnership and collaboration with Road Safety GB.

“Correct tyre care and maintenance is an essential element of road safety so it’s fantastic that Road Safety GB will be supporting our ongoing campaigns.

“Not only will this help to raise the profile of tyres within the wider road safety agenda, but it will directly help to educate motorists and reduce the number of tyre related road casualties.”

Alan Kennedy, Road Safety GB business and operations manager, said: “Several of our members already work closely with TyreSafe and we are delighted to formalise our relationship with them.

“Our new alliance with TyreSafe will make it easier for our members to organise tyre safety events in their local area, in partnership with a local TyreSafe member.

“We will be briefing road safety teams in more detail in the coming weeks.”

TyreSafe
TyreSafe is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and worn tyres. In 2009, TyreSafe was awarded with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its achievements in raising awareness about the dangers associated with driving on defective and worn tyres.

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The problem with uneven tyre wear is not the road cushions it's the tracking of the front wheels of the car. Too little or too much toe in can cause a new tyre to be illegal in just a few months. The tyre retailers know this but don't do anything about it. It's not in their interest. So simply keep the car for a further 20 minutes, have your tyres set it up with lasers and one can easily see that a car is tracking wrong. That leads to premature wear on the inside or outer treads rendering the car unsafe and unlawful. Tyres should last longer than the older fashioned ones as many are of an improved design and specification with regard to materials etc. and roads are now laid with a slicker and smoother less aggressive or abrasive materials leading to longer life except for the aforementioned problem. So ask for the wheel alignment to be checked and you will be surprised to find them out by some millimetres and that when corrected your tyres will last longer.
bob craven Lancs

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Honest John of the Telegraph, who gets loads of letters, reports that wear of inside walls of tyres, out of sight, is a major issue. I cannot understand why road pillows that do that were ever allowed. Whenever safe to do so I deviate so that one tyre goes over the centre and the other through the gap.
Idris Francis Fight Back With Facts Petersfield

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Is it a problem Duncan? It's a popular belief I know, but how does anyone know what may have led up to a tyre blow out? Why couldn't it be regularly driving over the kerb which is more damaging to a tyre.
Hugh Jones, Cheshire

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This can only be a good thing as the hidden destruction of tyres and subsequent blow-outs caused by drivers straddling road cushions is becoming more and more of a problem.
Duncan MacKillop, Stratford on Avon

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How are they defining a 'tyre related road casualty'? Are there many where the tyre was the sole cause?
Hugh Jones, Cheshire

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