Halfords demonstrate how to check and inflate your car tyres
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Tyre manufacturer Continental suggests for every temperature decrease of 10 degrees, tyres will lose between one and two PSI (pounds per square inch) of pressure. This is enough pressure to be detrimental to the car’s handling and stopping capabilities.
It is recommended drivers should check their tyre pressure at least once a week in the winter months.
If motorists are driving on damaged or worn tyres, the RAC says they are putting other road users at risk.
Graham Conway, Managing Director at Select Car Leasing, warned drivers to always check their tyres to make sure they are safe.
He said: “Driving in winter conditions can be hazardous – especially for your wallet if you’re not prepared.
“As the colder weather creeps in, and with UK consumers already worried about increased living costs, motorists need to be aware of this year to minimise any unexpected costs.”
The penalty for driving with tyres below the legal tread depth limit is a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
In total, they could face a £10,000 fine, as well as penalty points on their licence.
An insurance claim could also be invalidated if they are involved in an accident while driving with defective tyres.
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This means the insurer won’t pay out for any damages or repairs to the vehicle.
Tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre around the complete circumference.
For safety reasons, it’s advisable to replace your tyres before they reach the legal limit.
Motoring safety organisations advise drivers to replace them at 3mm as a tyre’s braking performance significantly drops below this point.
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Similarly, if there is a cut in the tyre, it should be replaced as soon as possible.
Legally, the tyre can still be driven on if the cut is less than 25mm or covers under 10 percent of the section width of the wheel.
Recent data found that 28 percent of drivers only check their tyre pressure when the warning lights comes up on the dashboard.
It is estimated 57 percent of tyres on Britain’s roads are underinflated costing motorists up to £1billion a year.
Underinflated tyres can have an enormous impact on the fuel efficiency of the car
According to TyreSafe, a UK charity promoting tyre safety, cars tend to burn on average three percent more fuel when tyre pressure is six PSI below the recommended tyre inflation pressure.
Furthermore, for every 10 percent a tyre is underinflated, its wear can increase by about 10 percent leading to even lower fuel efficiency and unsafe driving.
To test the tread of tyres, motorists can use a tread depth gauge or a simple 20p coin in the tread grooves of the tyre.
If they can’t see the outer band of the coin face, the tyres are above the legal limit, but if the band can be seen, the tyres could be unsafe, and should be replaced.
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