road safety

Climate change vigilantes deflate 100s of SUV tyres

9 Mar 2022
Climate change activists calling themselves “The Tyre Extinguishers” claim they have “disarmed” 100s of SUVs in Chelsea, Chiswick, Harley Street, Hampstead Heath, Notting Hill, Belgravia, Clapham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Sheffield, Liverpool and Edinburgh on the evening of 7 March 2022. But are they aware of the environmental and road safety risks of interfering with tyre pressures?
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Are UK drivers playing games with road safety?

10 Feb 2022
Halfords’ Tyre Safety video game, 20,000 Miles in Two Minutes has now been played over 7,000 times, revealing that many drivers lacked basic safety knowledge. But what did it reveal about basic safety knowledge amongst the UK driving public?
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TyreSafe’s summer holiday message: wherever you want to be this summer, be tyre safe

6 Aug 2021
With remaining uncertainty about the safety and logistics of foreign travel, according to YouGov, 47% of British holidaymakers are planning a 2021 staycation, with many relying on their vehicle to get them to their destination. With an expected rise in longer journeys in the UK, TyreSafe is reminding drivers there are more tyre-related incidents on […]
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Snow and Ice? Five myths about road gritting, busted

8 Jan 2021
The onset of winter weather sees the return of gritting lorries on roads across the UK. These vehicles play a major part in keeping the UK road system open during wintry weather and ensure that the thousands of HGVs and emergency service vehicles continue to deliver goods and services throughout the winter. In addition to clearing snow and ice, specialist operators The Gritting Company are keen to dispel five myths about road gritting.
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1 in 3 parents ‘putting kids at risk on dangerous tyres’ – Protyre survey

14 Oct 2020
Almost one in three parents could be driving their kids around on dangerous tyres, according to new research from Protyre. The alarming findings come from a new online YouGov survey commissioned by Protyre – the UK’s fastest growing tyre retailer– as part of this year’s nationwide Tyre Safety Month. In the YouGov survey, Protyre found that just under a third of British parents with children aged 18 and under who own a car admitted to only checking the safety of their tyres every three months or  less, with some not checking them at all. Further survey findings showed that parents regularly check more visible child safety equipment, such as seat belts and car seats than they did their tyres.
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Does your car insurance cover the UK’s unpredictable weather?

26 Aug 2020
There’s little that Brits like more than talking (moaning?) about the weather and, from scorching heatwaves to thunderstorms, we’ve had some pretty unpredictable weather in the UK this month, which can have a huge impact when we’re driving on the roads. With more dramatic weather set to hit Britain in the coming weeks, a recent study by The Mirror, reveals that a third of drivers don’t know what their car insurance covers or what to do if they had an accident. We’ve taken a close look at how varying conditions can affect your premiums, and how you could be caught out by your provider if you aren’t aware of the terms. 
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As 200,000 learners queue for driving tests, Collingwood tool could help boost pass chances

26 Aug 2020
There are plenty of reasons to feel for young drivers hoping to pass the driving test in 2020. Test centres and the DVSA website itself are struggling with the bottleneck in demand, following lifted pandemic restrictions. More than 200,000 people queued to book their test online this morning, crashing the site. In response, the DVSA has begun tweeting test availability (see below). And it’s not just getting a date that is proving difficult. The driving test pass rate is at its lowest point in 10 years, at just 45.8 per cent.
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Old minibus and bus tyres banned

17 Jul 2020
The Department for Transport (DfT) has decided to go ahead with legislation banning the fitment of tyres over 10 years of age to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches. The ban also extends to all wheels of minibuses unless they have a ‘twin axle’, which means they would have two wheels on each side at the rear. To assist in enforcement, the age limit will be included in the MoT test of the commercial vehicles while the DVSA will now include a tyre age check as part of its routine roadside activities.
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Papers, please! Make sure your car is compliant before continental motoring

15 Jul 2020
The lifting of many lockdown restrictions, scrapping of foreign travel quarantine and the introduction of “travel corridor” destinations, have seen holiday bookings to driveable locations across Europe unsurprisingly rocket. But as people opt to take a flight-free break this summer, Venson Automotive Solutions is reminding fleet managers and company car drivers to check leased cars are covered for international travel and fully roadworthy, especially if they have been idle on the driveway during lockdown.
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