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October is Tyre Safety Month - Are you having a Good or Bad Air Day?


Tyres play a vital role in road safety as they are the only point of contact a car has with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on the relatively small area of contact between the road and your vehicle’s tyres, so it’s important to carry out regular tyre checks.

However, a recent study has revealed that up to 57% of car and van tyres on the roads are being driven below the recommended inflation pressures with up to 35% being driven at least 8psi below manufacturer recommendation. Find out what your tyre pressure should be.

This increases fuel consumption (which affects your pocket) and the risk of being involved in an incident (which affects your safety and the safety of those around you). In fact, research by TyreSafe shows an extra £600* million is potentially being spent on fuel bills by drivers because their tyres are underinflated. It’s also adding to the amount of CO2 the vehicle burns, affecting air quality.

In 2016, 2549 people were killed or injured on the roads in Leeds. That’s approximately 49 people per week or 7 per day. In fact about 6 people a week were killed or seriously injured on the roads in our district. This is why we’re urging all drivers to check their tyre pressure, tread depth and general tyre condition.

* TyreSafe study using Department for Transport data 2016

Let’s work together to make our roads as safe as possible and reduce death and injury.


Contact us

For further information you can email us at road.safety@leeds.gov.uk and follow us on Twitter @Leeds_Highways.


Tyre Safety: Key facts​​

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Correct tyre pressures ensures optimal braking and handling. Correctly inflated tyres also last longer and use less fuel. You can find the recommended pressure in your door shut, fuel filler cap or owner’s manual.​

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  • The legal minimum limit for car tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tread around its entire circumference (1mm for motorcycles across ¾ of the width of the tread pattern and with visible tread on the remaining ¼)
  • Driving on tyres with illegal tread depth reduces your safety but also risks a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre
  • To check your tread, place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread depth is above the legal limit. If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres may be illegal and unsafe
  • Find out how to check your tyre tread
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  • Check your tyres for any bulges, lumps or cuts and remove any stones embedded in the tread. If something doesn’t look right, have it inspected immediately by a tyre professional
  • Find out how to carry out tyre checks


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