The roads are wetter and winter is around the corner, so it’s more important than ever that you keep a regular check on your motorhome tyres.
October marks Tyre Safety month and this year TyreSafe is urging motorists not to have a “bad air day” and to regularly check they have the correct air pressure in their vehicle’s tyres.
It’s vitally important a motorhome’s tyres are correctly inflated for the applied load otherwise it could affect your vehicle’s stability, steering, braking and cornering increasing the likelihood of an accident and an insurance claim. Plus your tyres are more likely to wear out quickly and increase your fuel costs if they’re not inflated to the right pressure.
TyreSafe has also launched some new tyre safety guidance for motorhome owners and a unique tyre pressure calculator.
Available on their website, motorhome users can check the correct tyre pressures for their motorhome by inputting whether their vehicle is single or rear axle, the maximum axle or fully laden load for the front and rear axle of the vehicle and the tyre size and type. The calculator is also compatible with mobile phones and tablets and provides guidance to owners when they don’t have access to the motorhome manufacturer’s recommended pressures provided in the vehicle’s documentation or on a sticker on the vehicle.
For your safety it’s really important to check your motorhome tyres before every trip, particularly if you’ve not used it for a while. They will deteriorate over time, especially if they’re stored outdoors where they’re exposed to sunlight.
Plus, air pressures in your motorhome tyres will also drop as they bear the weight of your vehicle, distorting their shape. S even if you’re storing your motorhome indoors you must always check the general condition of your motorhome before every trip.
Some top tyre safety tips
- Make sure tyres are in a good condition and have no signs of damage, bulges or cracks. Remove stones or other road debris that might have got stuck in your tyre’s treads and if there is any damage get your tyres checked out by a professional.
- Check your tyre depth. It needs to be 1.6mm across at least 75 per cent of the tread pattern. That figure decreases to 1mm for vehicle with a maximum weight over 3,500kg.
- If you’re travelling to Europe check in winter, you might have to fit winter tyres in certain countries – so check the local laws before you set off.
- Don’t overload your motorhome.
- Drive at a comfortable speed, obviously within the speed limits.
- Avoid sudden and speedy manoeuvres.
- If your motorhome is going be stood for a while consider tyre covers, to protect them from UV damage. You could also take the weight off them by jacking up your vehicle.
- Check with your motorhome tyre manufacturer the lifespan of your vehicle’s tyres and replace when necessary – even if they still look like they’re in a good condition.
- Fit the right tyres for your motorhome – using the same type of tyres on every wheel.
Extra tyre safety devices, such as a Tyre Press Monitoring Systems (TPMS) will get you a discount on your motorhome insurance as well as continuously monitoring the pressure and temperature of your motorhome tyres.
“Maintaining motorhome tyres is crucial to minimising risks of an incident while out on the road,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe. “Motorhomes are typically driven close to their maximum weight on every trip so making sure the right tyres are fitted, are roadworthy and inflated to the correct pressure for the load is essential. Understanding the difference between the tyres now available can be confusing for drivers but they will find TyreSafe’s guidance both informative and easy to understand.”