Students heading to university in the coming weeks are now busy packing and getting everything in place to have a great year. That said, one thing every student should not neglect in their planning is taking care of their vehicle’s tyres.

UK vehicle safety charity TyreSafe has urged everyone to make sure their tyres are in good condition before embarking on any long journey.

Regular checks give peace of mind

Chairman of TyreSafe Stuart Jackson said: “While parents can help with a tyre check before they leave, it’s a good opportunity to make sure their children are capable of carrying them out themselves.

“The journey to university should be a fond memory for students, not a cause for stress, so ensure the vehicle’s tyres are roadworthy before you set off.”

How to check your tyres:

  • Check air pressure – Correct tyre pressures should be contained in your vehicle’s handbook. Remember that tyre pressures should be calibrated for the correct load of your vehicle.
  • Look for rips or tears – Examine the exterior tread and side walls of each tyre for visible signs of excessive wear and tear. Rips or tears in the tyre’s surface mean you run a significantly higher risk of a puncture or blowout.
  • Check tread depth – The legal minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6 mm. You can easily check this by inserting a 20p piece into the tyre’s tread and seeing if the outside band of the coin is obscured.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Tyre safety is an important part of vehicle maintenance and all drivers should get into the habit of checking their tyres before any journey.”

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