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Tread carefully

How can employers keep on top of employees’ tyre safety?

According to road safety charity Brake, at least a third of road deaths and a quarter of serious injuries are the result of crashes involving someone driving for work.

Every day more than 150 vehicles driven on company business crash. Each year there are 14,000 road deaths and serious injuries involving people at work.

Tyre safety is still an overlooked area of fleet management, even though the number of motorists killed or seriously injured due illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres rose to 224 in 2014 – up on an annual average of 198.

To combat this, all businesses should implement a simple tyre check process on their fleet vehicles and as part of their driver policies, covering air pressure, tread depth and condition.

“Although the responsibility for checking tyre treads, lights, wipers and so on lies with the driver, organisations have a legal responsibility to manage health and safety effectively,” explained Gordon Wright, NFU Mutual’s Motor Underwriting Manager.

“Ensuring your company is meeting legal and regulatory requirements can be a daunting process, but it’s essential to protect your business from potential prosecution should an accident occur.”

How to check your tyre tread depth

  • Insert a 20 pence piece into the main tyre grooves at several places around the tyre.  If the outer band of the coin is visible, you should have your tyres checked by a qualified tyre specialist.
  • Most tyres have tread wear indicators moulded into the base of the main grooves.  When the tread surface is worn to the same level as these indicators, the tyre should be replaced.
  • The key safety reason for checking the tread depth of your tyres is to ensure the efficient displacement of water, therefore reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

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