MOTORISTS are being urged to make sure their tyres are fit for purpose - as winter approaches.

October is National Tyre Safety Month - a campaign aimed at highlighting the importance of checking tyre tread depth, pressure and general condition on a regular basis.

Superintendent Jane Banham, of the Roads Policing Unit at North Wales Police, said: “With the winter months only around the corner it is essential that people are safe when out and about on the roads.

“Defective and under inflated tyres is a serious problem which affects steering, braking and the stability of the vehicle. It is quite shocking when we see vehicles that have under inflated and dangerous tyres.

“Ideally tyres should be checked once a month and before any long journeys."

Drivers should check air pressure, overall condition and that the tread depth is at least 1.6mm.

Superintendent Banham added: "The best way to find this is by looking at the tread depth indicator, in the grooves of the tyre which is set at 1.6mm. If the tread becomes level with this it is time to change the tyre.

“It is also worth checking the tyre and removing any stones or other objects embedded in the tread and look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.

"Our regular road safety checks are done as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping the roads safe. With winter fast approaching we would like to remind drivers to check the condition of their vehicles.

"We will be carrying out unannounced checks over the coming weeks.”

Information regarding Tyre Safety Month, including the tread depth and 20p test, tyre labelling and recommended pressures, can be found at

Anyone who believes a vehicle is being driven whilst in a dangerous condition, should telephone North Wales Police on 101.