tyre safety

The Importance of Car Tyre Safety for Business Fleets

At Ossett Tyre House, we cater to the needs of businesses in and around Wakefield as well as private car owners.

There are many enterprises in the West Yorkshire area which have made use of our services for decades, so we know a thing or two about how crucial tyres are to many businesses which have a fleet of vehicles.

It is not just large haulage firms that need high-quality tyres to be fitted to their commercial vehicles, but also many smaller enterprises with just a couple of company cars or vans.

Although tyre safety is down to the driver of any vehicle, there is a responsibility that all employers have for their staff members, too.

If your employees are on the road in a vehicle registered to your business, then what aspects of safety should you bear in mind?

Tyre Inflation

Many employees hop into a company vehicle and drive without thinking about when the tyres were last pumped up. Improperly inflated tyres cost more because they lower the fuel efficiency, meaning employers tend to pay more in petrol and diesel than they otherwise would.

Ask your drivers to pump up their tyres at least once a month.

This also means better grip is maintained so they are less likely to have accidents which would mean needing to make a costly insurance claim.

Bear in mind that over-inflated tyres also cause an issue with maintaining grip so avoid putting too much pressure into them, as well.

Tyre Bulges

When your company vehicles are at your headquarters’ car park, take a few minutes to give their tyres a visual inspection. You should be looking out for bugles in the sidewalls.

If you see any of these, then the tyre could blow at any time which could mean crashing, injuring people nearby or damaging the stock inside that would otherwise be delivered unscathed. For replacement car tyres in Wakefield – rush to Ossett Tyre House where you will pick up a bargain and get your fleet back in a roadworthy condition.

Along with bulges, look for any gouge-like marks which amount to the same thing – the rubber compound of the tyre is beginning to split.

Tyre Tread

Everybody knows that driving on a completely bald tyre is very dangerous both for the employee concerned behind the wheel as well as other road users. However, many company fleet managers never bother to check the tread on their firm’s vehicles.

To do so is easy and only takes a minute or two. Just insert a twenty pence coin into the tread of a tyre. If the rim disappears from view within it, then the tyre is legal to drive on.

However, if the rim sticks out, then it is beneath the lawful tread depth limit and consequently unsafe. You should replace such tyres without delay to protect your staff and your business’ reputation.

After all, it is one thing to deal with the fallout from an accident on the road but it is quite another to have to face up to the fact that such an incident was entirely avoidable.

Crashes that occur because of worn down tread are needless and can reflect very badly on your brand.

Tyres In Winter

When you have a fleet of car drivers in your employment who will be out and about on the roads of northern England during the winter, then there are additional safety considerations to take into account.

All over the Pennines and further north into Scotland, roads which run over high ground can become icy and even snow bound. Sales representatives driving company cars and delivery drivers who are behind the wheel of vans can really suffer when the road conditions worsen from late November until about March.

Trans-Pennine roads close to Wakefield, such as the A642 and the A628, are often very difficult to drive on. The answer for fleet managers to consider is fitting winter tyres to their vehicles.

These are a little more expensive than conventional tyres but provide extra grip and performance in sub-zero temperatures.

In short, they help to ensure that your employees remain safe on the roads even when they are driving in the depths of winter.

What’s more, they are perfectly fine to continue driving on when spring arrives and normal road conditions return.

Tyres With Damage

If you have a fleet of company vehicles that are driven for miles and miles every year, then there can be little doubt that they will pick up damage along the way.

Cars which drive through urban areas – such as Leeds, Huddersfield or Doncaster, for example – will often come into contact with shards of glass or other sharp objects as they pass over.

In more rural areas, sharp twigs from hedgerows can be the primary problem for rubber tyres. Of course, modern tyres don’t deflate immediately after sustaining damage from sharp items that stick into them.

In the past, driving over a nail would often mean an almost immediate failure.

To keep tyres going longer, they are now designed to cope with such issues.

However, that does not mean they continue to be safe to drive on.

Inspecting your fleet’s tyres every month or so for things sticking into them is wise if you want to ensure your company’s drivers are not storing up trouble for themselves by neglecting to do so.