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Make time for tyre checks, says TyreSafe
A few simple tyre checks could make all the difference this Easter, according to tyre safety organisation, TyreSafe.
Punctured or torn tyres were the second most common reason for calling out the AA in 2011, and breakdown associations are bracing themselves for another flood of calls over the forthcoming holiday period.
"Spending just a few minutes checking your vehicle's tyres could ultimately save you hours of hassle following a puncture or blow-out. However, what's more important is that an unchecked tyre might be unsafe, putting the driver, passengers and other road users in very real danger," said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.
The group highlights air pressure and the overall tyre condition as priorities. Having the correct air pressure is particularly critical because of the increased vehicle weight from extra passengers and luggage being transported. Therefore, vehicles may need to have their tyres inflated to a higher pressure to stay safe.
You should also visually inspect the tyres, removing any objects which have become embedded in the tread. If you find any cuts, lumps or bulges, get a professional to check your tyres immediately.
It's also sensible, considering the inclement British weather and its fondness for the sharp downpour, to check tread depth so that the tyres can cope with wet roads.
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