Bridgestone urging caravan owners to hook up with tyre safety advice
Caravan owners reminded to get their tyres checked as summer holidays arrive
With the summer holidays approaching and record temperatures being recorded in recent days, Bridgestone is calling on caravan owners to carry out some simple tyre safety checks, as many vehicles are brought back onto roads for the first time in months.
The leaders in mobility solutions are offering some simple advice as thousands of caravans are expected to be seen again on roads, many of which might well have been inactive over the winter.
Bridgestone believes that vehicles such as caravans or trailer tents should be thoroughly inspected prior to re-use during the summer months, with a spike in usage expected in the coming weeks.
And the tyre manufacturer strongly advises that any caravan tyre should be replaced after 10 years irrespective of how it looks from the naked eye, due to it being exposed to varied conditions, such as the effects of sun and ozone.
Bridgestone’s Consumer Sales Director Brett Emerson said that motorists should look for any sign of age deterioration in the tyres such as sidewall cracking and carcass deformation.
He added that tyres can ‘flat spot’ when a caravan is only moved a couple of times per year, owing to the weight of the vehicle.
Brett said that tyres on the caravan and towing car should be correctly inflated, with simple load and inflation advice available at www.tyresafe.org in the ‘Check your pressures’ section.
Brett said: “Whatever tyres are fitted to the towing car, caravan, trailer tent or motorhome, it is essential to the safety and stability of the combination that all tyres are correctly inflated for the applied load.
“Tyres that are driven under inflated for extended periods are more likely to suffer from rapid wear which could lead to a sudden and rapid deflation, causing loss of control. Debris left on the carriageway after a tyre failure could prove hazardous for other motorists.
“We never recommend the dangerous practice of fitting a replacement tyre on the hard shoulder and roadside safety advice issued by Highways England should always be observed.
“Keeping tyres correctly inflated ensures an even wear rate leading to longer tyre life. Pressures should be checked and adjusted prior to any journey when the tyres are cold – not during or after a run when they will be higher. Never reduce pressures when the tyres are warm, as they could be too low when they cool down.
“After pressure checking, ensure the valve is not leaking and the valve cap is fitted. The correct inflation pressures for your car tyres can be found in the owners’ handbook and often inside the drivers’ door or the fuel filler cap displayed on the vehicle.”
Bridgestone’s tyre safety work aligns with the Bridgestone E8 Commitment that serves as the axis to drive management while earning the trust of future generations. The Bridgestone E8 Commitment consists of eight Bridgestone-like values starting with the letter “E” (Energy, Ecology, Efficiency, Extension, Economy, Emotion, Ease, and Empowerment) that Bridgestone will commit to creating together with employees, society, partners and customers to realize a sustainable society.
The company’s tyre safety tips align with Ease - Committed to bringing comfort and peace of mind to mobility life.
For more information about Bridgestone’s fuel saving tips for motorists, visit https://promotion.bridgestone.co.uk/fuel/ and for more information about correct tyre pressures for both caravans and towing vehicles, visit http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety
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