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Caravanners urged to check their tyre pressure

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A TYRE safety organisation is urging caravanners to check their tyre pressures regularly.

As part of Tyre Safety Month, taking place during October, leading tyre safety organisation TyreSafe stresses that tyre pressures on cars that tow a caravan should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation.

Chairman Rob Beddis said: “Without regularly ensuring that tyres are correctly inflated, motorists risk compromising the way that their car behaves on the road. The first time they may become aware of this performance deficit could be when they lose control of the vehicle on an innocuous bend and are heading towards a hedgerow or into the path of an oncoming vehicle.”

TyreSafe adds that while many motorists understand that insufficient tread depth can hamper a vehicle's stopping distance, many are unaware of the effect that tyre pressure can have on vehicle performance.

For a car travelling at 30mph, the tyre's contact patch has only fourteen hundredths of a second to do its job, so any influential factor such as under-inflation can produce significant changes in vehicle behaviour.

* For further information on tyre pressure, tyre safety or Tyre Safety Month, visit www.tyresafe.org (link opens in new window)

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