Sunday 22 July 2018

Watch these basic safety checks to help keep your vehicle running safely between services

Don’t take risks with inadequate tyre tread-depth

The tread depth of your tyres influence your ability to control steering and braking much more than you may realise. The RSA recommends changing all tyres at 3mm. Therefore it’s important to check that your tyres are not at the minimum legal permitted tread depth of 1.6mm.

You need to make sure your vehicle is kept in a roadworthy condition at all times. It’s the law. The NCT is a basic safety check and not a substitute for regular servicing. It’s recommended that you get your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic at least once a year, or every 15,000km, whichever comes first.  But every car is different, so please refer to your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for your own vehicle’s timelines.

The RSA has developed this helpful guide and a number of video demonstrations with motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert, to help you carry out basic safety checks on your vehicle in between services.

You can check your tread depth very easily by running a €1 coin along the centre of the wheel. If the gold part of the coin is not visible, then the tyre tread is ok. However, if it is visible your tyre could be approaching the minimum legal depth and you should get them checked.

If you drive a car with tyres that have inadequate tread depth you risk a fine and penalty points. More importantly though, you risk your life and the lives of others should the need to brake suddenly occur.

Irish Road Safety Week from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 October 2017;

This year, Irish Road Safety Week (IRSW) will be taking place from Monday 2 October to Sunday 8 October with lots of road safety activities planned nationwide. Find out more here.



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