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Dated: 21 December 2010

Stay Safe: Check Your Tyres and Drive Carefully


Did you ever hear that old Christmas song that goes:

“Woke up this morning, had to pack the car
it’s the season to be jolly, and I’m going away far.
Got on the motorway, my damn car broke down
forgot to check my tyres, now all my kids do is frown.”

If you haven’t heard it before, that's because I just made up. Now despite the fact that this song will never get to number 1 in the charts, it does address a serious point - tyre safety during the Christmas holidays.

If you are going away over the festive period, it is strongly advised that you double (maybe even triple) check that your tyres are safe and can cope with all that extra luggage weighing your car down.

Of course, checking your tyres is an important task that should be carried out regularly all year round, but during the winter months it’s even more essential.  Even if you have been lucky enough to get your hands on a set of new winter tyres, don’t take your safety for granted.

Yes it is true that these specially designed tyres are capable of handling much better in temperatures below 7oC, but you still need to take good care of them and regularly check that the tread depth is sufficient – a limit of around 3mm should be adhered to during these freezing conditions – and that the pressure is correct.

If you fail to make any checks or fix any potential problems, you dramatically increase the chance that you could be involved in an accident.

So to ensure that you do not have your Christmas Holidays ruined by an untimely breakdown, be safe on the roads and check your tyres before setting off.

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