Motorists in Lancashire are being warned to check their tyres after hundreds of incidents linked to defects.
The Highways Agency says there were more than 1,600 tyre-related incidents on major roads in the North West last winter. They include punctures and blow outs, and 1,001 of them took place between October and December.
The statistics were released in support of tyre safety month, organised by TyreSafe – a body that raises awareness of the dangers of worn, unsafe or defective tyres.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, presented Lancashire’s Highways Agency traffic officers with tyre safety gauges to hand out to drivers, giving practical advice about tyre safety.
This year, the focus of tyre safety month is urging drivers to ensure tyres are ready for wet weather by checking that they have enough tread.
Experts say this can be done using a 20 pence piece – if you can see the outer rim of the coin when it’s inserted into the main grooves of the tyre, they should be checked by a tyre professional. Simon Sheldon-Wilson, Highways Agency director of customer operations, said: “It’s important to ensure that your tyres are ready for winter and that includes the kind of wet weather we saw last year.
“By checking your tyres at least once a month, you can make sure you have enough tread to control your vehicle in wet conditions.”
and avoid aquaplaning at high speeds which could lead to disastrous consequences. There were 11,057 tyre related incidents on motorways and major A roads in England last winter with 1,623 of those incidents North West – don’t become a statistic and check your tyres are safe today.”