We are inviting people to visit our centre during August for a complimentary tyre safety check for their caravans and trailer tents.
During the August Bank Holiday weekend a high proportion of caravan owners will take to the roads. Many owners will not carry out basic safety checks to ensure a trouble free break.
Out of season storage conditions can sometimes have a detrimental effect on caravan and trailer tent tyres. We recommend owners carry out some simple checks to ensure their safety during their journey.
We are asking people to examine tyres to ensure that there are no cuts, lumps or bulges and that the sidewalls are not affected by cracking or distortion due to being left standing for an extended period.
Tyres must also have a minimum of 1.6 millimetre (mm) of tread, although we recommend that tyres with less than 2.5mm of tread should be considered for replacements.
Owners of caravans or trailer tents are advised that if their tyres are more than seven-years-old they should be replaced irrespective of their condition.
We also recommend that the tyres on the tow car should be checked, including the spare, before the journey.
A particularly important aspect of tyre safety, and often one overlooked by owners, is the age of the tyres fitted to the caravan or trailer. In fact determining the age of a tyre is simple and straightforward. A code is marked on the tyre sidewall with the first two numbers giving the week and the third and fourth digits referring to the year of manufacture.
If caravaners are in any doubt about the condition or age of their tyres, then we’re offering a free Bank Holiday tyre safety check before the weekend.
Tyre pressures are equally crucial to the safety, stability and economical running of both the caravan and the towing vehicle. Under or over inflated tyres can not only affect the handling, but can, at the extreme, result in a tyre failure.
Tyres not inflated to the correct pressures can also wear more quickly, will use more fuel and create more CO2 emissions. Owners should consult the vehicle handbook for the correct tyre pressures.