"The critical role that tyres play as part of a vehicle's safety system is often poorly understood. TyreSafe are undertaking valuable work to educate and improve users understanding in this important area."
Alan Revie, Chairman
Funded in 2006, TyreSafe is the UK’s only charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres.
TyreSafe's principal objective is;
The preservation and protection of health and the saving of lives by providing education to the public on the subject of road safety to reduce the number of deaths and injuries which occur on public roads, in particular in relation to tyre safety
National Tyres and Autocare is a founding member of TyreSafe and has worked together with the organisation to help reduce the number of defective tyres in the UK over the past 15 years.
Latest Reported Road Casualties
The Department For Transport’s reported road casualty statistics for 2019 (released on 30th July 2020) show 153,315 casualties on the UK's roads. This is broken down into levels of severity as follows;
Killed – 1,748 (43% car occupants; 26% pedestrians; 19% motorcyclists and 6% cyclists)
Seriously injured – 25,975
Slightly injured – 125,592
TyreSafe, along with many other organisations that campaign around road safety issues are committed to significantly reducing these numbers.
TyreSafe receives positive support from all major tyre manufacturers, wholesalers and leading tyre retailing groups across the UK together with Britain’s Police and Fire Services, road safety partnerships and those actively campaigning on tyre safety awareness.
TyreSafe issues regular tyre safety information to all interested parties through their website, which contains important tyre safety information for the consumer as well as addressing industry issues related to the safe and responsible use of tyres.
To find out more information simply click on the following link www.tyresafe.org
National are proud winners of the 2020 'Online & Social Media' Award which recognises our contribution to helping to educate all users of tyres, through the amplification of TyreSafe messaging to our various audiences.
National and TyreSafe encourage users to check their tyres by recalling the acronym A.C.T and TyreSafe has produced some short educational videos to help;
A = Air Pressure - check you air pressure once a month or before a long journey (especially if the car is fully loaded) - watch our tyre pressure video to find out how
C = Condition - check for lumps, bumps, cuts and objects embedded in your tyre's tread - watch our tyre condition video to find out how
T = Tread - check you have at least 1.6mm of tread around the central 3/4s of the tyre's tread - watch our tyre tread video to find out how
The 20p Test
The UK requires a minimum of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread and around its entire circumference. This can be checked with a 20p coin.
Place the 20p coin into the grooves of the tyre and if the outer band of the 20p is visible, this indicates that your tyres are approaching the minimum limit.
Watch our 20p test video to see how it's done
Free Tyre Checks
All National branches offer a free tyre check. There is no need to book, you can simply call in when you're passing by (though you can book online if you prefer) and the check will take no more than 5 mins.
We will check your tyre's tread depth (including your spare tyre); your air pressures (and adjust them if necessary) and their general condition (checking for premature wear, structural damage, or obstructions in the tread).
When we're done, we'll give you a report on your tyre's condition.
All completely FREE and with absolutely NO OBLIGATION. Keeping drivers safe on the road is our No.1 priority.
TyreSafe's Latest Campaigns
TyreSafe's latest campaign is 'Megan's Story', the tragic story of 22-year-old Megan Byrne who was killed in an accident where her underinflated tyres were considered by the Police to have been a contributory factor. Read more