Tyre News - road safety

Driving after lockdown? Check your tyres! Here’s how

Another firm has explained the importance of checking your tyres before driving in relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist urges drivers to make checks before getting out on the road. This is because tyres can be affected by the conditions in which they are kept while layed up.
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Has lockdown lay-up damaged my car battery?

With more drivers getting in their cars again after the government began to ease lockdown restrictions, more people are likely to find battery issues. Idling vehicles increases considerable the chance of damage to car batteries. This is due to the car’s electrical systems and alarms draining the battery continually, as well as the natural loss in charge that occurs over time. As a result, significant numbers of batteries could require recharging or replacement as more of us drive after a long lay-up.
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PCL warns: Unroadworthy tyres are still illegal and dangerous

Tyre inflation firm PCL is warning motorists they could still face penalties for driving on dangerous tyres tyres following the government MOT extensions.
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TyreSafe: Legal tread depth still require, despite MoT exemption

Tread depth is essential to keep a vehicle in contact with the road in wet conditions and it remains a legal requirement, despite the introduction of a six-month exemption on MoT for Britain’s motorists. TyreSafe is reminding motorists that a tyre being driven below 1.6mm is illegal and if found by the police could result in a fine of up to £2,500 and three-points being added to a driver’s licence – per tyre.
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Winter is coming, but Britons ‘clueless’ on snow-covered roads

The UK is preparing for one of the coldest winters in almost a decade, but new data shows many drivers are dangerously unprepared to drive in icy conditions and could be putting themselves and others at risk as a result.
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Electric cars perfect for millions, but are silent vehicles safe?

New research shows millions of Brits could benefit by switching to an electric vehicle – but a road safety expert warns many are still ‘silent killers’. More than four in five UK motorists – 34 million - could save cash and slash their carbon footprint with an electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid model, claims a new report by What Car?.
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Are you inadvertently breaking the law while driving?

With more than 300 laws in the highway code, it is likely that some drivers may be breaking the law without knowing it, a new survey by Click4reg.co.uk suggests. The website quizzed 2,192 British drivers on some of the more unusual rules of the road, with some surprising results.
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Fit2Go makes checking tyre pressures easy

Illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres caused 2,288 British car accidents between 2014 and 2018. Marking Road Safety Week (18-24 November), British technology firm and Michelin licensee Fit2Go TPMS reckons its Michelin Pressure Checker gadget could help to significantly cut those figures.
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GEM issues medicines warning to drivers who use hay fever medication

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is warning of a significant rise in pollen levels across much of the UK, with the arrival of warmer weather. GEM is urging drivers who take hay fever remedies to check their medicines carefully before getting behind the wheel, and to be aware of the possible effects these drugs can have on their driving.
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