Free Tyre Safety Checks at participating Ford Dealers
A recent survey conducted by TyreSafe in conjunction with Highways England found that 27.1% of tyres replaced were illegal. This suggests that nearly 10 million tyres on the roads in England, Scotland and Wales could be dangerous and illegal.
Between 2009 and 2013, faulty and worn tyres were the cause of 36% of serious accidents on Britain’s roads.
TyreSafe advises drivers to remember ACT: Air Pressure, Condition, and Tread
- AIR PRESSURE: check that the tyre pressure is right for the level of load. The correct pressure settings for your car can be found inside the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver's door sill. With incorrect tyre pressures you can use more fuel, increase tyre wear and risk losing control of the vehicle.
- CONDITION: remember to check tyres for irregular wear and damage such as cuts, bumps or bulges. Without checks there is the risk of driving with a defective tyre that can lead to a rapid deflation.
- TREAD DEPTH: the law requires a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference of the tyre. See the video on how to use TyreSafe’s 20p test to check tread depth. If the tread depth is below the legal limit not only can you face a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points but you will also experience reduced control when accelerating, braking and cornering.
Many Ford Dealers are offering a free tyre safety checks which includes a tread depth check.
Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a month or before any long journeys.
The correct pressure settings for your car can be found inside the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on a plate on the driver's door sill.
Remember that the recommended tyre pressures apply when they are cold, so check the pressure before you start your journey. And if you are planning a journey with a full load don’t forget that your tyre pressures should be increased in line with the recommendation in the handbook.