Know Your Car Tyres

Tyres are a vital part of vehicle safety. They are the vehicle’s only contact with the road, so they must provide that essential grip and traction at all times, on all surfaces, in all weathers.

For that reason, there are basic guidelines and legal requirements that must be followed. We’ll outline these in the following pages. Read the content carefully. Don’t put lives at risk.

The three basic areas that need to be considered are tyre pressure, tyre condition and tread depth. 

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Winter Tyre Safety

Tyres are the only parts of the car which are in contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact. It is therefore of paramount importance that tyres should be maintained in good condition at all times and that they are appropriate for the expected road conditions.

As winter approaches, drivers should start planning for whatever the weather may throw at them. If you need convincing, just think back to previous winters; you can be sure there is always a good mix of snow, ice, rain and dry spells. 

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Motorcycle Tyre Safety

Modern motorcycles vary greatly in design and specification including scooter and all-terrain to suit a variety of requirements and applications including race, street, sport, touring, off-road and leisure.

Inflation pressures must be checked at least once a week. They should be checked only when the tyre is cold, since there is an increase in pressure when the tyre has warmed up after being run. A reliable pressure gauge should be used.

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Truck Tyre Safety

Tyres are of fundamental importance to road safety as they provide the only contact a vehicle has with the road. Basic checks such as making sure tyres are correctly inflated can make all the difference, as the pressurised air inside an HGV tyre has to support the weight of the vehicle and its load.

Tyres must also be well maintained in order to keep the vehicle stable as it travels around corners, work in harmony with the vehicle’s main suspension system and help the vehicle accelerate and brake effectively.

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Bike Tyre Safety

Only use tyres for designated terrain, on an appropriate bicycle and using proper safety equipment at all times. After replacing worn tyres, take time to become acquainted with the handling and performance of your new tyres. 

Follow tyre pressure guidelines located on your tyre and check your tyre pressure before every ride. Also check your valve cores for damage and if found to be damaged replace them. 

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Caravan and Trailer Tyre Safety

Tyres are the only part of the caravan or trailer which are in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres' relatively small contact area with the road surface. In addition, tyres also play a fundamental role in the suspension systems of caravans. With such an important role, it is essential that tyres are properly maintained and regular checks are carried out.

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Tyre Labelling

Tyres make an important contribution to road safety and to the environmental impact of road transport. However, all tyres don't offer the same performance.

The Regulation enables consumers to make more informed choices when buying tyres. The EU's targeted outcome is that road safety will improve and that the environmental impact of road transport will be reduced.

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Tyre School

Everyone knows what a tyre is and what it’s for, right? It’s a black donut made of rubber, placed on a vehicle so the driver can transport himself and his cargo from point A to point B. The tyre has to allow for easy steering, braking and cornering. It must provide for a comfortable, safe ride. It needs to be durable. And that’s about the extent of what most of us know.

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