Tyre Safety Month - 7th October 2015

October is tyre safety month and we are now one week into it, but how many drivers have actually checked their tyres in that week?
Tyres are probably not the most interesting subject for most drivers, checking them is a chore, and buying new ones is something left to the last minute to get maximum use out of the old ones and to put off the moment of paying for a new set.

However, just for a moment, and to embrace tyre safety month, have a thought for those poor tyres and the work they do. Whatever size tyre you have on your vehicle and whatever make they are, it is unlikely that the contact patch (the bit touching the road) of each tyre is bigger than the size of your hand. That makes them an amazing piece of technology when you consider it is all that keeps your vehicle from losing grip with the road when accelerating, braking and cornering.

Tyres that are not kept in good condition will simply not work as efficiently, thus increasing the risk to you and others. Furthermore the tyre life will be shorter, the time to replace them comes round quicker, and your fuel efficiency is reduced, all of which is added expense. It takes at most, 5 minutes to check your tyres – pressure and condition – yet the cost of not doing so could be added expense at best, or a fatality at worst. Surely that makes it time well spent.

If you drive for work using your own car, or a company car, vehicle checks (of which tyres are a part) should be carried out as part of your organisations driving for work policies. Tyre condition extends to more than just the tread depth, so if you were involved in a crash the tyre doesn’t need to be below the legal tread limit for it to be considered a contributory factor in the cause of the crash, an under inflated tyre could as easily be the cause. Failure by an organisation to have adequately monitored management processes can have repercussions on you, the driver, and your employer, who also has a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of its employees and third parties they share the roads with regardless of vehicle ownership. Fleetrisk24 work with many organisations, of all sizes, to help them and their drivers manage such risks.
A final thought that may make all drivers think it is worthwhile checking their tyres. Tyre Safe, one of the UKs leading tyre safety organisations, carried out a survey earlier this year which found that at the time tyres are replaced, more than one in four were below the legal tread limit, meaning those vehicles were being driven illegally. That equates to around 10 million illegal tyres on the road in 2015 and at this very moment one in four cars could be illegal. For each tyre that is, you could receive three penalty points, so, how many points could you get if you were stopped right now? …. Maybe it would be a good time to check.

Many issues that feature in our news section may be of concern to you as an employer if you employ company drivers. It is important that you, as a company, are fully compliant with your responsibilities to those employees.

Fleetrisk24 Ltd specialises in Work Related Road Safety and Workplace Transport Safety and can help you put policies and processes in place to address your transport health and safety requirements.

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