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How do tyres con­trib­ute to safe driv­ing?

Drogheda Independent - - PICTURES -

THE tyres on your ve­hi­cle are the only part of your ve­hi­cle in con­tact with the road.

There­fore, they play a key role in ve­hi­cle safety. Be­tween the years 2007 – 2012, An Garda Síochána re­ported tyre de­fects as a fac­tor in 172 col­li­sions.

Some of these col­li­sions were fa­tal, oth­ers re­sulted in se­ri­ous and mi­nor in­juries.

Why is tyre safety so im­por­tant?

Your safety, along with the safety of your pas­sen­gers and other road users, could de­pend di­rectly on the con­di­tion of your ve­hi­cle’s tyres.

Tyres must: be the right kind and size for your ve­hi­cle

be prop­erly in­flated, be free from de­fects and have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm.

What are the le­gal re­quire­ments for tyres in Ire­land?

By law, it is a driver’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure that their ve­hi­cle meets le­gal re­quire­ments and is in a road­wor­thy con­di­tion at all times. The Road Traf­fic (Con­struc­tion and Use of Ve­hi­cles) Reg­u­la­tions 2003 sets out re­quire­ments for tyre con­di­tion and tyre tread depth for ve­hi­cles which are used on a pub­lic road.

If you drive with dam­aged or worn tyres, you are putting your own life and the lives of oth­ers at risk. You also risk pros­e­cu­tion. If you are con­victed of the of­fence of driv­ing with dan­ger­ous tyres, you could be fined up to €2,500, or re­ceive a 3-month prison sen­tence, or both. You will also have five penalty points on your li­cence on con­vic­tion.

Call to McManus Tyres, Marsh Rd, Drogheda or call 041 9837748 to­day.

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