UK-based TyreSafe advises motorhome and caravan owners to give their tires a full “health check” before heading out on holidays.
Tires fitted to motorhomes, trailers, and caravans are particularly vulnerable to rubber degradation, because these vehicles often stand outside during the winter season and are not used as frequently, according to the UK’s leading tire safety group.
UV rays can penetrate tires, attacking the rubber ingredients that give resilience and flexibility. The result can be a terrifying high-speed blowout.
“Exposure to the elements for long periods without movement can be a real cause of rubber damage to caravan tires, often seen by cracking or a drop in pressure. Therefore it’s vital to ensure that the tires are properly inspected before use and correctly maintained,” explained Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe.
Vehicle owners should pay close attention to the tread and sidewall areas when inspecting their tires. Any sign of cracking should result in the motorist seeking professional advice or replacing the tire.
If a foreign object is found embedded in the tire then it should also be removed. Owners should also look for any damage in the tire such as bulges, cuts, or lumps.
“With the correct care and attention your tires will help to ensure you arrive safely at your holiday destination safely, without disruption and with minimal cost,” added Jackson.
Why are tires important?
Tires are the only part of the motorhome or trailer which is in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering, and cornering all rely on the tires’ relatively small contact area with the road surface. In addition, tires also play a fundamental role in the suspension systems of caravans.
With such an important role, it is essential that tires are properly maintained and regular checks are carried out. With the correct care and attention your tires will help to ensure you arrive safely at your holiday destination safely, without disruption and with minimal cost.
Why is it important to check your pressures regularly?
Correct tire pressure is vital to your safety on the road. Under-inflated tires affect handling and grip, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable vehicle behavior. They are also much more likely to suffer from a dangerous blowout, especially on high-speed motorway journeys.
By keeping your tires at their optimum pressure, your running costs are also reduced. Under-inflated tires require a bigger force to make them turn, so your car uses more fuel. Additionally, tires which are not set to their correct pressure wear out more quickly.
So, to benefit from lower fuel bills, longer tire life, increased safety, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, make sure you check your tire pressures at least once a month and before a each journey.
It was established in 2006 as a not for profit organization and campaigns in line with current legislation and duty of care regulations.
TyreSafe is increasingly seen as the authority and first point of reference for tire safety issues. It will continue to develop this position through wide range of education and information programs which encourage motorists to improve their attitudes and behavior towards tire care and safety.
Address: TyreSafe, 5 Berewyk Hall Court, White Colne, Colchester, Essex
Phone: 0845 3016852
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