Fiat backs tyre safety campaign

Anybody who follows F1, or has seen cars such as the Bugatti Veyron hit top speed will see the dramatic effect driving has on tyres.

The Bugatti has specially made tyres costing more than your average supermini, but they are only expected to last less than 50 miles before needing to be replaced.

This may be an extreme example, but it’s worth repeating because it highlights how tyres, like anything else, can depreciate over time.

Acceleration, braking and steering all rely on the one part of the car in contact with the road; the tyres. There are a number of laws surrounding tyres which need to be followed.

These include a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in the centre and around the entire circumference and all tyres fitted to the car being compatible with each other.

Now Fiat has joined the campaign to raise awareness of tyre safety and its importance in reducing the risk of an accident on the roads.

Four Fiat brands have joined up with the TyreSafe campaign; Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Fiat Professional. The partnership will see Fiat promoting tyre safety in its 328 UK dealerships, including Perrys Amersham, Aylesbury and Portsmouth.

"With our emphasis on improving safety and educating drivers, joining TyreSafe is an obvious move," explains John Murray, sales manager, parts & service for Fiat Group Automobiles UK.

"Their experience and wealth of knowledge will help us enormously in educating our customers about the need for regular tyre checks and starting with tyre safety month, we will utilise their campaigns as an integral part of our ongoing dialogue with owners," he added.

And if that wasn’t enough, Fiat will also offer ‘how to’ guides on its websites for people who want to check their tyre tread and advice on how to change a wheel.

Here at Perrys, we’re eager to do our bit to help the campaign. So here are some tips to checking tyre pressure – one of the causes of uneven wear and tear on tyres – before setting out on a journey.

How to check your tyre pressures correctly

  1. Pressures should be checked at least once a month or before a long journey
  2. Pressures should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level. This can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler flap or on the driver’s door sill.
  3. Check the pressure when tyres are cold (i.e. when you have travelled less than two miles).
  4. If you are carrying a full load of passengers or luggage or will be towing a trailer or caravan, tyre pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Details can be found in the vehicle handbook.
  5. Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
  6. Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting to check the spare tyre as well.
  7. While checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
  8. If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition take your vehicle to an approved fitting centre and speak to the experts.