Protyre is proud to support TyreSafe

TyreSafe was formed in 2006 to reduce the number of tyre-related incidents on Britain’s roads through raising awareness of the importance of tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres. Every year, Protyre works closely with TyreSafe to raise awareness on key issues of Tyre Safety. 


About TyreSafe

TyreSafe is the UK’s charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres .
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Tyre Care

Protyre work closely with TyreSafe to ensure drivers are aware of the importance of maintaining your tyres' quality for better performance and greater safety. The articles below cover some of the key elements that drivers should consider.
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Protyre is proud support TyreSafe's campaigns. Read on to find out more about their latest campaigns; 'Bad Air Day?', 'ItHappenedToMe' and 'Join the 20p Pledge'. 
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TyreSafe News

At Protyre we are committed to ensuring drivers are provided with as much information regarding tyre safety as possible.
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Tyre Safety Month October 2020

The 2020 campaign combines TyreSafe’s well-known acronym A.C.T. with references to blockbuster films and characters in a bid to drive home the message for motorists to check the Air pressure, Condition, and Tread of their tyres at least once a month, and especially before long journeys.

Don’t ignore your tyres, check:

  • Air pressure: Use an accurate tyre pressure gauge to check tyres’ air pressure is at the recommended settings. Check the vehicles owner’s handbook or fuel filler cap
  • Condition: Lumps or bulges in a tyre may indicate internal damage and increase the risk of a catastrophic failure. If these, or cuts and cracks, are found while checking a tyre, the tyre may need replacing and professional advice should be sought.
  • Tread depth: Tread depth should be checked with an accurate gauge to ensure it is above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm. If you don’t have an accurate tread depth gauge, a 20p can be used as a guide to how close your tread is to the limit if you don’t have a tread depth gauge available.

Tyre Safety Month 2019

This year TyreSafe's campaign, 'Look Who's Talking' focuses on raising awareness around the three main areas of tyre maintenance; Air Pressure, Condition and Tread Depth (ACT). Protyre are big supporters of the 'Look Who's Talking' campaign as it encourages motorists to check their tyres, at least once a month - something we hope becomes more of a routine, rather than just a one-off.

Below are details of the checks drivers should make once a month and before long journeys:

  • Air Pressure: Check your vehicle owner's handbook, or inside of the fuel filler cap, for the manufacturer's recommended tyre pressure. Use an accurate tyre pressure gauge to check your tyres are inflated to the correct level.
  • Condition: Tyre condition is incredibly important for the safety of you and your passengers. Lumps or bulges, indicate internal damage to the tyre which, if ignored, could result in a catastrophic failure. If you spot any signs of lumps, bumps, cuts or cracks, then take your vehicle down to your local Protyre garage and let our experienced, trustworthy technicians offer sound, professional advice on whether your tyres need replacing. 
  • Tread Depth: Ideally, your vehicle's tyre tread depth should be checked with an accurate gauge to ensure it is over above the legal limit of 1.6mm. However, if you don' t have a gauge, a 20p coin will suffice. Simply insert the 20p into the grooves of the tyre tread, at multiple points, across the surface of the tyre. If you can see any part of the outer band on the coin face, it means the tyre tread is too shallow – and therefore, illegal. It’s not just time to think about replacing your tyres, it’s essential you do so immediately. 

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Understanding the EU tyre label

The Tyre Label is a mark for motor vehicle tyres. Manufacturers of tyres for cars, light and heavy trucks must specify fuel consumption, wet grip and noise classification of every tyre sold in EU markets starting in November 2012

Noise level rating

This is a measurement in decibels(dB) of the noise created between the tyre and the road. It is represented by 3 bars with a single bar being the lowest level of noise.

Fuel efficiency rating

Rolling resistance is used to measure how fuel efficient a tyre is. The less resistant a tyre is the less fuel it will use to move the vehicle.

A is for the highest performing tyres
E is the least performing

Wet grip rating

The basis for wet grip is the absolute stopping distance when driving 80 km per hour. Between each class, there are 3–6 metres difference in braking distance. Classes "D" and "G" are not used for passenger cars.

Snow tyre rating

The snow tyre icon shows, if a tyre is suitable for severe snow conditions. It bears a three-peak mountain snowflake symbol (3PMSF) that is incorporated in the sidewall of such tyres. The pictogram is granted by measuring the braking distance of a car from 25 mph on compacted snow or by measuring the traction force of a tyre. For a truck, the pictogram is granted by measuring the acceleration performance of a tyre. Snow grip performance in general is tested in accordance with Annex 7 to UNECE Regulation No 117. The regulation describes in detail such factors as test surface, air temperature, testing vehicle, load, pressure, speed, and many more.

Ice tyre rating

Features a symbol of an ice stalagmite and indicates that a tyre provides a shorter braking distance on ice covered roads in winter. Information on ice grip performance will be based on the ISO standard (ISO 19447), which is expected to be published in July 2021. For tyres meeting the technical requirements, the ice grip pictogram will be included on the new EU tyre label of a C1 tyre (passenger car tyre), which satisfies the minimum ice grip index values set out in that ISO standard. The pictogram is granted by measuring the braking distance of a car from 20mph on pure ice. The standards for C2 and C3 tyres are still to be defined.

Tyre labels have changed. Find out more here.

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