TyreSafe is urging parents to pay more attention to the condition of their vehicle tyres after one of its members found that more than 30% of cars dropping off children at a Shropshire primary school had illegal tyres.
TyreSafe points to DfT stats which show that more than 1,200 road casualties are caused each year as a result of a car travelling on illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: "The start of the new academic year means more cars on the roads, particularly at peak times of the day.
"Many of these cars may be used less frequently so it’s essential that their tyres are checked to ensure that they are roadworthy and legal so that the precious load is transported in a safe manner."
TyreSafe is encouraging parents to carry out three tyre checks – pressure, tread and general condition. The not-for-profit organisation says that pressures should be checked to ensure that tyres are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended settings.
Tread depths should be examined to ensure they exceed the UK’s minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. And general condition should be inspected to ensure they are free from lumps, cuts and bulges, and any foreign objects embedded in the tread should also be removed.
Stuart Jackson concluded: "Making these vital safety checks only takes a couple of moments but could make the world of difference to the safety of you and your children.
“Of course, this isn’t just a one time job; it’s something that we all should be doing on an ongoing basis at least once a month."