We all know we’re supposed to check the tyres on our cars regularly, but one organisation is urging motorists to perform this simple task once a month in order to keep the roads safe.

GEM Motoring Assist has designated October Tyre Safety Month and is using it to encourage drivers to stay on top of regular maintenance checks, including pressure and tread depth.

Help with checking tyres correctly

To assist anyone who isn’t sure if they’re performing the job correctly – or can’t remember exactly what they were told on their driving lessons – the organisation has released a series of short, instructive videos, which can be found on its website.

As a quick guide, the legal tyre tread depth for cars in Europe is 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre to cover its whole circumference.

For a quick check, insert a 20p coin into the tread grooves. If you can’t see the coin’s outer band, the tyres are likely to be above the legal limit.

GEM Motoring Assist warns that under-inflated tyres can reduce a car’s ability to grip and handle correctly, while over-inflated tyres can also have a smaller contact area with the road.

Road safety officer Neil Worth said: “Correctly inflated tyres with good levels of tread allow all the other safety systems on a car to work at their most effective – vital in an emergency situation.”

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “It’s easy to fall behind with checking your tyres, but failing to do so could put you and other road users at serious risk. We fully support this reminder to get into the habit of doing so monthly.”

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