Ensuring tyre and driver safety during the winter weather

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AS THE wintry weather starts to affect Tayside, motorists are being urged to think about their driving this winter to ensure their safety and the safety of other road users.

The campaign is highlighting the dangerous combination of driving too fast for the conditions with worn tyres and travelling too close to the vehicle in front. These factors increase the stopping distance for a vehicle, especially during wet and wintry weather.

Following on from the successful campaign which ran last winter, Tayside Safety Camera Partnership has joined forces again with Michelin, ATS Euromaster and Angus Tyres in asking people to check their tyres, reduce their speed and keep their distance when driving in the region.

In Brechin drivers can get a free ice scrappers with a built in tyre tread depth measure from Angus Tyres.

Wet roads, cold temperatures, snow and ice can all contribute to potentially dangerous situations such as loss of grip, aquaplaning and longer stopping distances. It’s important that tyres are in good condition and drivers reduce their speed to suit the road and weather conditions.

The Safety Camera Partnership are reminding drivers about the importance of adequate tread depth and a reduction in speed and how it can make the difference when needed.

Failure to comply with the speed limits and the legal minimum tyre tread depth can result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points, with potentially three points for each illegal tyre.

The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but drivers need to be aware that wet grip deteriorates significantly at tread depths below 3mm.