Poorly maintained tyres could leave drivers with a £2,500 fine – how to avoid

Halfords demonstrate how to check and inflate your car tyres

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With staycations continuing and drivers returning to the office, it is vital road users check their car is up to the test to undertake longer journeys. The best way of doing this is for drivers to look at their car and do a number of visual inspections, to ensure they will be safe when driving, something which some celebrities failed to do.

On Tuesday’s Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell podcast, Josh admitted he had no idea how to inflate his car’s tyres after his car told him to do so.

He revealed he drove to the petrol station but upon arriving realised he had no idea what his correct tyre pressure was, so ended up driving away without inflating them.

Josh also admitted to having not checked his oil in over a year too.

Drivers should always check their tyre pressure first, preferably using an LED tyre pressure gauge.

All cars are different, so the owner’s manual should be checked to find out the recommended pressure.

The pressure gauge should show a PSI (pounds of force per square inch) level that is similar to the recommended level and should be adjusted to the correct level.

Inflating tyres can be done either at a petrol station or at home with a portable tyre inflator, which can be purchased for around £20.

While the legal minimum is 1.6mm, it is often recommended that drivers have at least 3mm of tread on each tyre.

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Tyre performance can start to rapidly deteriorate once the tread wears down below 3mm, and this can affect your stopping distances.

For example, with tread of 1.6mm in wet weather it takes on average an extra car length to stop when driving at 50mph compared to tyres with 3mm of tread.

Mike Thompson, Director at Leasing Options, explains why it is vital to ensure a car is road-ready before setting off.

He said: “Although finding and checking tyre pressure is included in the driving test ‘tell me’ questions, most drivers won’t have first-hand experience of doing this until they have passed their test and own their own car.

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