Road Safety Week 2020 | Check Your Tyres | Tyre Safety UK


This week is Road Safety Week across the UK, the theme of 2020's campaign is "NO NEED TO SPEED".

One thing people across the UK noticed with the initial lockdown was the reduction in traffic on the roads, unfortunately for some drivers this turned their local area into a personal racetrack…! One thing people may need to be reminded of, is to SLOW DOWN.

Although Lockdown 2.0 may not seem quite as hush on the roads as the original lockdown, the important message remains - WATCH YOUR SPEED! Although there is less traffic on the roads, it does not mean your chances of having a crash are zero.

You can read more about the theme of this year's RSW by clicking here

As stated on the non-profit website, 1mph can mean the difference between life and death. Despite this, many motorists regularly break the speed limits put in place without a second thought.

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The chart above shows both 'Thinking Distance' and 'Braking Distance' when driving, the number shown at the end is the combined (average) STOPPING DISTANCE. As you can see in the image, the difference 10mph makes when travelling at speed is a whopping 23m which is an average of over 5 car lengths, to put this in another perspective, that's almost as tall as Buckingham Palace!

One factor which HUGELY impacts stopping distances is the tread on your tyres. At the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, a vehicle's stopping distance is increased by between 36.8% and 44.6%, which is a mammoth amount and could be the difference between a close call and a fatal accident.

Make sure you're checking your tyres at least once a month, incorrect pressures and illegal tread depths can not only result in an accident but can also damage your wallet! The maximum fine PER TYRE is £2,500 along with an unwanted 3 points on your licence.


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