Defective and badly worn tyres will be the focus of a major road safety awareness campaign being mounted by the Newry & Mourne Road Safety Committee and local tyre suppliers, which runs from 5th to 11th September 2016.
The Newry and Mourne Tyre Safety Week 2016 is the latest initiative from local road safety campaigners and will educate motorists on the importance of checking and looking after your tyres.
Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of the Newry & Mourne Road Safe committee, said “We have a simple message for the week – Don’t Chance it, Check it. Safe Tyres – Saves lives. It is really important that people understand the risks involved with aged tyres – tyres can deteriorate over time, leading to reduced performance which can in turn affect safety, increase the risk of reduced grip and possible tyre failure”.
Tyres are the only contact vehicles have with the road so it is essential that they have the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and are free from damage. Tyre manufacturers recommend you regularly check the age of your tyres as well as the condition, tread depth and pressure to ensure your tyres are performing to your vehicle’s specification.
The correct safety checks can help you to avoid getting three penalty points per tyre on your driving licence as well as fines for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit on your vehicle – it could also save your life!
As well as distributing tyre thread checkers, the local committee will be uploading a number of tyre safety related videos and guides on their Facebook page.
In addition, many local tyre companies are offering a free no obligation tyre safety check and if you need replacement tyres, there is exclusive promotions during the tyre safety week. See our Facebook page for full details.