Police in Norfolk and Suffolk are urging road users to pay attention to their tyres in support of national Tyre Safety Month.

As part of the NPCC campaign, roads policing officers from both counties will be conducting roadside tyre safety checks as well as offering tyre safety advice to drivers throughout the month of October.

With the recent heavy rainfall officers are particularly keen to educate drivers on the dangers of worn or under inflated tyres when in contact with large amounts of standing water.

Officers are urging vehicle owners to pay specific attention to the ways in which extreme weather conditions, road surfaces and manner of driving can affect your tyres.

Sergeant Peter Howlett from the Roads and Armed Policing Team said: “We are taking a proactive stance with this month of awareness and enforcement, tyres are a vital part of vehicle safety and as such they must be checked regularly, the heavy rainfall experienced over the last few days has highlighted this as some roads have been flooded”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said: “Do yourself a favour – check your tyres and make sure your car is roadworthy. The life you save might just be your own.”

Further safety advice includes:

· Make sure tyres are correctly fitted to the rim, and the tyre size is correct for the rim width.
· Tyres pressures uphold the manufacturer guidance and vehicle loading.
· Tread depth and overall condition of the wheel is checked regularly (no uneven wear or cuts and bulges)
· Visit this website for more information: https://www.tyresafe.org/campaigns/tyre-safety-month-2019/

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