As we enter the peak summer holiday period, the IAM is urging drivers to keep their tyres in check after 3,852 tyre-related incidents were reported on England’s motorways in the period April-June 2013.
As part of its Motorway Month campaign, the IAM is offering the following reminder to help motorists monitor their tyres: P – performance; A – air pressure; C – condition; T – tread depth.
Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner, said: “Regular tyre checks are the best way to keep on top of maintenance and avoid those nasty surprises both to your vehicle and to your wallet.
“But one day you could become one of the thousands unlucky enough to experience a tyre-related breakdown, so having a dry-run of changing your tyre at home can prove very useful and will mean you needn’t rely so heavily on breakdown services getting you back on the road quicker."
Stuart Lovatt, from the Highways Agency, said: “Nobody wants to start their holiday off by having a breakdown that leads to them having to extend their journey time.
“By checking that tyres are still in good condition, drivers are helping to avoid incidents and the risk of delays, not only to their own journey but to those of other drivers.”
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Before setting off on their summer holidays, it’s essential that drivers give their tyres a thorough inspection.
“It’s particularly important to ensure tyres are correctly inflated in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s settings, which may be different if extra passengers or heavy luggage is being carried. But remember to readjust your tyre pressures when you start using your car normally again.”
Contact the IAM on 020 8996 9777 for more information.