Dacorum motorists urged to check their tyres before long journeys this summer
Don’t let your tyres ruin your summer holidays
Motorists in Dacorum are being encouraged to check their tyre pressure before setting off on a long journey this summer.
Yet one in five motorway breakdowns are caused by worn or incorrectly inflated tyres and nearly a third of drivers confessed that they are not confident checking tyre pressure.
Roads are set to be busy this summer as people head off on day trips and holidays in the UK and abroad - depending on travel restrictions.
Siobhan Wares, traffic officer for Highways England, who patrols the M25 and other major routes, said: "You are more likely to experience a breakdown or a collision if your tyres are incorrectly inflated or in a poor condition.
"It only takes a few minutes to check your tyre pressure before you go on your day trip or staycation this summer, and it could save you time and money in the long run.
"Help yourself and your family reach your destination safely by checking your vehicle before you go."
Advice from Highways England:
> Check your tyre pressure and the condition of your tyres, including the spare, before you set off on a long journey
> Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.
To check your tyre pressure, visit most fuel and service station forecourts, which have an air machine for checking and inflating your tyre pressure.
If you are stopped by the police and found with illegal tyres, you could receive a £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points per tyre.
Driving with underinflated or overinflated tyres can make your braking distance longer and make it harder to steer.
Correctly inflated tyres are also safer and better for the environment too - using less fuel, reducing your carbon footprint, creating less environmental pollution and reducing waste, as the tyres don’t wear out as quickly.
National Tyre Distribution Association (NTDA) Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: "The NTDA welcomes this excellent Summer Checks campaign and applauds the innovative and intelligent way that Highways England drives home such an important message to motorists.
"Tyres are the only thing keeping a vehicle in contact with the road and many vehicles have been standing idle for long periods of time during the Covid-19 lockdowns and further restrictions.
"Now more than ever it is essential that motorists check their tyres on a regular basis and if in doubt about their roadworthiness, have them inspected by a professional tyre technician."
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Simon Williams said: "As we head into what looks like being one of the busiest summers ever on the roads, it’s vital drivers check their vehicles before setting out as this could prevent a very unwelcome breakdown.
"Tyres should have good amount of tread and be inflated to the correct pressures, and oil and coolant levels should be topped up if they are low.
"Our message to staycation drivers is: a few simple checks before travelling can greatly reduce your chances of being stuck at the side of a busy road when you least want to be."
Highways England advice
If you experience problems with your vehicle and you can’t leave the motorway you should always try to go left - to an emergency area, a hard shoulder, motorway services or slip road hard shoulder.
But if that is not possible and you have stopped in a live lane or feel your life is in danger you must stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt and hazard lights on and call 999 immediately.
Before you set off, check your tyre pressure.
For more information related to checking your tyres, visit the Highways England website.