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HAVE YOU CHECKED your tyres lately? The road safety organisation

Tyresafe is asking drivers to ‘take the 20p pledge’ and use a 20 pence

piece to check their tyres are legal.


Visitors to Tyresafe’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tyresafeuk) can sign up to the pledge, which is then flagged up on their own Facebook timelines, encouraging others to do the same.


Tyresafe’s chairman, Stuart Jackson, said: “The 20p pledge is a great

way for drivers to check their tread depth and ensure that they are safe

and legal as we head towards the wettest months of the year.


“Adequate tread is essential in providing better grip and shorter

stopping distances in the wet, as well as helping to reduce the risk of

aquaplaning. Those taking the pledge are demonstrating their commitment

to safer driving which hopefully might help reduce the number of tyre-related accidents on our roads.”


Performing the 20p test is quick and simple. Simply place a 20p piece in the groove of the tyre. If the outer band is visible then it’s time for replacement rubber.


The minimal legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference.


Tyresafe has produced a video guide to performing the 20p test, which can be found on its Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/TyreSafe