If Your Tyres Don’t Stop You, What Will? asks Tyresafe

  • Tyre Safety Month starts on the 1st October
  • DfT figures show 153 people are killed or seriously injured due to tyre-related incidents annually
  • Tyres determine how well a vehicle accelerates, brakes and steers

Much of everyday life is dedicated to avoiding risk and making adequate preparations. But, tyres are all too often overlooked even though they may be the decisive factor in whether an incident can be avoided or not.

Latest figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that 153 people are killed or seriously injured in incidents related to tyre defects, underlining the potential risks of skipping tyre checks.

TyreSafe has also highlighted the tragic case of Megan Byrne, who was just 22 years old when she lost control of her car due to underinflated tyres. Despite her best efforts, she collided with a car coming in the opposite direction and died at the scene. Police collision investigators confirmed that Megan and the driver she collided with were both driving within the speed limit and wearing a seat belt at the time – it was her tyres’ condition that was the major contributory factor in the tragic outcome.

As part of this year’s Tyre Safety Month, TyreSafe is asking drivers to once again consider the potential risks involved in not carrying out vital checks on their tyres.

The question If your tyres don’t stop you, what will? not only reminds the motorist of the benefits and importance of tyre checks but also carries the literal message that, as the only point of contact between the road and the vehicle, it is tyres which are crucial for safe and effective braking and cornering.

To educate drivers on the importance and benefits of tyre safety, TyreSafe has developed impactful depictions of scenarios which highlight the potential risk of driving on defective tyres.

The campaign incorporates the powerful acronym ‘ACT – Air pressure, Condition, Tread’ to further imprint the three elements of basic tyre safety checks on the driver into all video and printed assets.

Air Pressure – correct tyre pressures are shown on a sticker in your car’s door shut, filler cap or in the owner’s manual. Use an accurate pressure gauge to ensure they are right for the load as part of your pre-journey planning

Condition – if stones or other objects caught between grooves in the tread can be removed without damaging the tyre, drivers are advised to do so. Bulges, cracks, cuts and embedded objects are cause for concern and need to be checked by a professional

Tread – if you don’t have access to an accurate tread depth gauge, a 20p coin can be used to see if your tyres’ tread depths are approaching the 1.6mm minimum limit. Insert the 20p at several points across and around each tyre. If you can see the coin’s outer rim at any point the tyre may be illegal and you should seek advice from a professional.

Stuart Lovatt, TyreSafe Chair, said: “This year’s Tyre Safety Month campaign leaves no room for confusion or question that tyres are vital to road safety. In an emergency, roadworthy tyres could be the difference between driving away and the unthinkable. Ignoring tyre safety and putting others at risk is inexcusable, especially when it only takes a few minutes to check your tyres every month.”

Those wishing to support this year’s campaigns will find a range of assets under the ‘For supporters’ section of tyresafe.org. Materials include videos and images to be used on social media. As part of the resources and brand new for this year, TyreSafe has also produced a range of interactive posters, which can be viewed and displayed on a variety of screens and will be especially well placed in reception areas.

Official TyreSafe supporters can also access further assets, including customisable print-ready files, via the members’ area. To access this, supporters are asked to complete a registration form which theteam@tyresafe.org will approve. Then they simply use their login details to download the materials, which can be customised with their organisation’s logo using our handy online tool. Visit TyreSafe.org for more information.