Car vlog­ger Tim joins tyre safety cam­paign

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AGARAGE in South­port has joined forces with one of the world’s most fa­mous on­line mo­tor­ing per­son­al­i­ties to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of safe tyres.

YouTube, In­sta­gram and Face­book sen­sa­tion Tim Bur­ton, or Sh­mee150 as he is known to his mil­lions of fol­low­ers, has joined Protyre South­port, based in Scaris­brick New Road, South­port, to demon­strate why worn tyres are dan­ger­ous and a risk not worth tak­ing.

The part­ner­ship co­in­cided with Tyre Safety Month dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

In a test or­gan­ised by Protyre and filmed by Sh­mee150 for his YouTube chan­nel, the mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­ast found out first-hand the ef­fect worn tyres have on a car’s abil­ity to stop and steer ef­fec­tively, and why bud­get tyres are sel­dom the bar­gain they ap­pear to be.

Tim said: “I was shocked to learn that as many as one in four tyres in use on our roads are al­ready at or be­low the le­gal limit, so when Protyre in­vited me to come and find out what this means in prac­tice I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity.

“I spent a day with the team try­ing dif­fer­ent tyres back to back and was amazed at the dif­fer­ence in how they per­form.

“Put sim­ply, even at just 30mph, the just-le­gal tyres took an ex­tra two car lengths to stop.

“It’s a fright­en­ing re­al­i­sa­tion and I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to check their tyres are in good con­di­tion be­fore win­ter sets in.”

The garage was also aim­ing to re­move some 600 dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal tyres from South­port‘s roads dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

Across the Protyre net­work, the com­pany aimed to per­form around 300,000 safety checks.

Tyre Safety Month is or­gan­ised and pro­moted by na­tional tyre safety char­ity, Tyre Safe.

A study it ran in con­junc­tion with High­ways Eng­land last year found that 27% of cars – or some 10 mil­lion ve­hi­cles – are driv­ing with at least one tyre at or be­low the le­gal tread depth of 1.6mm.

Matt Dick­son, Protyre’s area man­ager, said: “Peo­ple of­ten check things like their oil or wind­screen washer lev­els, but we want to help ed­u­cate peo­ple about also reg­u­larly check­ing the con­di­tion of their tyres to make sure they’re not only le­gal, but also safe.

“Tyres are the only part of a car in con­tact with the road’s sur­face, so they are the main fac­tor that is the dif­fer­ence be­tween stop­ping in an emer­gency or hav­ing an ac­ci­dent.

“As we ap­proach win­ter and the roads be­come cold and damp, tyres will play an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in keep­ing us safe.

“Quite sim­ply, a worn tyre has very lit­tle grip and is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.”

To get your tyres checked at Protyre South­port, call in or book an ap­point­ment by call­ing 01704 538163.

Sh­mee150’s video can be found on his YouTube chan­nel, or visit Protyre. co.uk and fol­low the links.

Protyre area man­ager Matt Dick­son, left, with Tim Bur­ton

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