06/03/2016

CAR SAFETY CREATING AWARENESS: When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Car Tyres?


For those who drive will understand that there is nothing worse than having a flat tyre or tyres that have worn out especially during the winter months when you need grip on those early morning drive to work on the icy roads. Driving with defective tyres can result in hefty penalties such as a fine of up to £2500 along with three points on the license. *PointS are trying to create awareness across the country educating people the importance of maintaining car and tyre safety. 

When was the last time you checked your car tyres, checking the pressure to ensure everything is fit for use or even the tread depth? Have you done the 20p test...what is the 20p test?!!?? If I am honest I never check mine and I assume they are ok and they get checked when the car goes in for it's yearly MOT. Now that I have our newborn I am even more conscious of our car tyres especially if I am setting off on long car journeys by myself so hubby checks them every 3 months to ensure everything looks ok and the tyres have plenty of grip etc...  If I need parts replacing then my local PointS dealership would be Southampton however they are located nationally across the country and you can find your nearest one here for a check up.
In the mean time you can carry out your own 20p test which literally takes seconds to do! Simply get a 20p coin and place it into the main tread grooves of your tyre. As shown in the photo if the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it's inserted then you are ok your tread is above the legal limit. However if the coin is visible then your tyres may be unsafe and illegal and you need to get them checked immediately by a professional. When doing this test make sure to check at least 3 locations around each tyre. This is so easy to do yourself that you can do it once a month.

Stay safe on the roads everyone!!!!




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