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Take the 20p tyre test - be safer on the roads this winter

on Wed, 12/10/2016 - 8:37pm

Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to carry out monthly tyre checks to make them safer on the roads.

The 20p tyre test is really easy to do: just place a 20p coin in the main grooves of your tyre. If you can see the outer band of the 20p coin when it's placed in the tyre, then the tyres may be dangerous and illegal and should be inspected by a tyre professional. 

It’s important to check tyres regularly because the tread grooves on your tyres influence the way your car accelerates, breaks and corners. Without sufficient tread depth and correct pressure, your tyres may not be able to grip the road properly and you face an increased risk of aquaplaning. TyreSafe members nationally are offering a free tyre health checks throughout the whole month, to find your local retailer visit (click).

“Without sufficient tread depth your tyres may not be able to cope properly and you face an increased risk of aquaplaning. If this has ever happened to you, you'll know what a frightening experience this can be as you have no control of the car.

“I’d encourage everyone to take the 20p tyre test which is such a simple way of checking if your tyres are illegal or not. Just think of the people you share your car with and other road users. Safe tyres with legal tread depth reduces the risks to you, your passengers and all road users.”