New Crash Test Dummies Provide Tyre Safety Tips For TyreSafe

TyreSafe's New McIntyre Crash Test Dummy

TyreSafe's New McIntyre Crash Test Dummy

TyreSafe has enlisted the help of an animated family of crash test dummies, the McIntyres, as part of tyre safety month in October. The family will be providing tyre safety tips to drivers on the TyreSafe website.

The safety tips mark the first outing for the McIntyres, and will see them highlight three aspects of tyre safety: Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth (ACT). The family also show a number of quick and easy ways for drivers to check the areas to help keep them safe on the road.

Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said: "It may be delivered in a new and entertaining way, but our film has some really important messages in it which could help to save a number of lives. I would urge all drivers to spare just a couple of minutes to watch it and take on board the McIntyres' advice. If our dummies understand the importance of tyre safety, then I'm sure us humans can do the same."

Each year, more than 1000 road casualties are the result of accidents caused by illegal, under-inflated or defective tyres.

Drivers found to be driving on illegal tyres can also face a possible a £2500 fine and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

Tyres should be examined at least once a month as well as before a long journey. Air pressure should be checked when tyres are cold and using the manufacturer's recommended level, which can be found either in the fuel filler cap, driver door sill or vehicle handbook.

A visual inspection of tyres is also important, with any embedded objects found in the tread being removed as well as checking for lumps, cuts and bulges.

A 20p piece can be used to check tread depth, by inserting it into the main grooves of the tyres. If the outside band can be seen, then the tyre tread may not have sufficient depth and should be taken to an expert for a full inspection.

Throughout October, hundreds of garages and tyre dealers across the UK are offering free tyre safety checks as part of tyre safety month.

"Although the McIntyres have made their debut as part of tyre safety month, drivers need to remember that they should make checks all year round. However, as shown in the film, it only takes a few minutes and can make a dramatic difference to your safety on the road."

26 September 2011 Staff

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