As part of Operation MantaRay, this October is tyre safety month.

We’ve asked PC Dave for some advice….

“Your tyres are your only contact with the road surface. Don’t wait for something to go wrong or be pointed out at an MOT; you can (and should) check your tyres regularly yourself.

“Turn your front wheels to full lock so you can see as much as possible, check for any obvious cuts or bulges. Look for anything that shouldn’t be there like nails or screws. Then check the tread… the Highway Code says that car tyres MUST have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tread & around the entire circumference.


“The edge of a 20p is 1.6mm so make use of one and check your tread, if it is near to 1.6 you need to consider changing your tyres soon. Don’t forget to check the spare!

“You should check your tyre pressure frequently. You can find out what this should be in your vehicle handbook (they’re sometimes on the drivers door or fuel cap cover). Most garages have air and water available (sometimes at a cost).

“Lancashire Police will carry out tyre check sites throughout October and the penalty for a bald or defective tyre is currently 3 points per tyre.

“The info below is from TyreSafe.org. Stay Safe”

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