Free health tyre check events in Oxfordshire

Motorists in Oxfordshire are being offered the chance to have a free tyre health check during the month of October, to ensure tyres are properly inflated and have a safe thread depth.

More than one in three tyres are being driven below the vehicle manufacturers recommendation pressure – making vehicles more difficult to control and the tyres themselves more vulnerable to wear and tear.

Overall, surveys show that more than 50 per cent of car and vans on the roads are being driven on tyres that are below recommended inflation pressures, which increases fuel consumption.

Oxfordshire County Council’s road safety education team and firefighters will be the experts delivering the checks at the following locations with assistance from partner organisations, T Micheldever/Pro Tyre and Merityre.

  • Wednesday, 25th October, Heyford Hill, Oxford, Sainsbury's 10am - 2pm
  • Friday, 27th October, Henley Tesco’s, 10am - 2pm
  • Tuesday 31st October, Faringdon, Tesco’s car park, Park Road, 10am - 2pm

Andy Ford, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue’s Road Safety Manager, said: “Your tyres are the only thing connecting your car to the road and good grip is essential especially during the winter weather. If tyres are not properly inflated, then it could affect the performance of the tyre and make it more vulnerable to damage.”

“Each month would encourage all drivers to act on ACT. A is for air pressure; C is for condition and T is for tread. Checking these three things when doing tyre safety checks will keep you safe as well as anyone in your vehicle.”

Unable to make it to one of the events?

An online tyre pressure checker is here & TyreSafe members nationally are offering a free tyre health checks throughout the whole month, to find your local retailer visit https://www.tyresafe.org/

It’s important to check tyres regularly because the inflation and tread grooves on your tyres influence the way your car accelerates, breaks and corners. Without sufficient tread depth and correct pressure, your tyres may not be able to grip the road properly and you face an increased risk of aquaplaning.

For more information about the initiative, please visit www.365alive.co.uk