Now that the summer holidays have started and everyone is off on their travels, tyre maker Continental is urging motorists to take special care and check their wheels.

As a corporate partner of UK road safety charity TyreSafe, Continental says that it is supporting the body’s summer campaign to raise awareness of the need for driver diligence over the summer. 

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You might think that the winter months are the most dangerous ones for tyres, but according to the latest UK figures from the Department for Transport, a third of tyre-related incidents happen during the summer, with July the worst month. 

A combination of factors means that summer driving carries with it a number of additional risks, whether it is unexpected bad weather and dealing with drivers unfamiliar with country roads, or long journeys with fully laden cars. 

“As part of our Vision Zero initiative which aims for zero accidents, injuries or fatalities on our roads, we are keen to make motorists aware of the small steps they can take to make their journey safer this summer,” said Mark Griffiths from Continental Tyres.

“With a spell of good weather, it is easy to get a little complacent. It is vital that whatever the season, people remain alert to changes in conditions and ensure that their tyres are in top condition.

“With schools breaking up, and more than half of Britons planning on taking their 2018 summer holiday in the UK, these simple checks can help reduce the risk of an unwanted disruption.”

While temperature records have been broken this year, in the UK it rains an average of 156.2 days of the year, meaning drivers risk being caught off guard when braking counts in a critical situation. On summer tyres, braking distances on wet roads at 60 mph increase by as much as 15 metres – making it vital that drivers remain vigilant, checking they have adequate tread depth and correct inflation.