German tire manufacturer, Continental, has teamed up with TV presenter and motoring expert Jonny Smith to produce a series of new videos designed to help drivers keep their tires in up to date condition. The series, initially comprising five films, offers simple, helpful advice on important areas of basic tire maintenance.
The aim of the collaboration is to give car owners the expertise to look after their tires themselves. In turn, this will keep them and other road users safer and help to save them money by reducing tire wear and fuel consumption.
The videos can be found on Continental Tires TV and the tire manufacturer’s official YouTube channel. It covers how to check tire pressures and tread depth, how to conduct a visual tire inspection and how to change a wheel. The films also draw attention to the important issue of tread depth, highlighting Continental’s recommendation that tires should be replaced when 3mm of tread remains rather than the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
Jonny Smith, presenter of Fifth Gear on Quest and YouTube channel Fully Charged, commented, “Tires are the only part of your car in direct contact with the road, so it makes sense to ensure they’re in the best possible condition. The guidance they provide in some cases only takes seconds to follow. I think they offer valuable advice that can help drivers every day. If these videos improve road safety that can only be a good thing. And if they cut the number of people I see stranded at the side of the road with flat tires, that’s a real bonus.”
The importance of tire pressure
There are many safety benefits to running the correct tire pressure on your car. Research by leading tire safety charity Tire Safe, shows incorrectly inflated tires can result in reduced vehicle control, faster rate of wear and increased fuel costs.
Moreover in 2016/17, almost 10% of accidents were due to tire related issues, including finding tires in poor condition. The video series recommends regularly examining your tires to check for any noticeable bulges, tears or cuts. A visual inspection before setting off on a journey could make all the difference. In one of the new films, Jonny explains how to do this.
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tires, explained, “Drivers play the most important role in tire maintenance. Before setting off, we advise drivers to spend time inspecting their car and its tires; it only takes a few minutes. If you want to find out more about how to do this properly, these helpful videos provide the basic knowledge needed to ensure your tires are safe and roadworthy.
All videos can be found on ContinentalTiresTV: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuriT5De0_5D-ThYWsifgVoLqa9VE73TP