Pothole crisis must spark tyre checks, TyreSafe insist

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:30
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CRISIS: Potholes causing mayhem for motorists

Drivers must check their tyres for damage more regularly than ever, TyreSafe have warned – despite an extra £200million being pledged to help fix potholes.

The road safety group claim drivers failing to fully check their tyres and wheels leave themselves at increased risk of being involved in a tyre-related accident.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “While the announcement of extra funds to help repair the UK’s roads is welcome news, this will not happen overnight.

“In the meantime, it’s critical that drivers pay particular attention to the condition of their tyres and wheels as hitting a pothole can cause significant damage.

“While the announcement of extra funds to help repair the UK’s roads is welcome news, this will not happen overnight.”

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe

“If this damage is left unchecked it can present a very serious safety risk for them and other road users.”

After hitting a pothole, a buckled wheel or lump in the tyre are the most obvious signs of damage; however, hidden problems can be just as dangerous.

Hairline cracks in alloy wheels can allow air to gradually escape and potentially lead to overheating and rapid deflation.

This type of event often occurs at high speeds on motorways.

“After hitting a pothole, it’s important that drivers check their tyre pressures regularly over the next few days to assess if there is any gradual loss of air,” added Mr Jackson.

“If this does happen then it’s important that they visit a tyre specialist to have both the wheel rim and the tyre examined.”

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