Car insurance: Drivers advised to check tyre pressures

Saturday, 03 April 2010

Before taking to the roads over the long Easter bank holiday weekend, drivers are being advised to check the pressure on their car tyres.

Protyre, the UK's leading independent tyre distribution network, has offered drivers a checklist to carry out before embarking on a journey.

Anyone caught driving with tyres under the minimum legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm, will incur three penalty points on their driving licence, which will increase car insurance premiums.

Motorists should check the tyre pressures on their car against the recommended pressures from the manufacturer.

They should take care to clean dirt from around the valves and make sure valve caps are fitted on all the tyres.

Drivers should check the tread of their tyres, making sure they have at least 2.5 or 3mm of tread, and checking that they are not excessively worn either.

Anyone caught driving with tyres under the minimum legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm, will incur three penalty points on their driving licence, which will increase car insurance premiums.

Kwik-Fit research shows that with a tyre tread of 1.6mm, in wet weather it takes an extra eight metres to stop at 50 mph than if tyre tread was 3mm.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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