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Caravan owners urged to check tyres Caravan owners urged to check tyres.
Caravanners hoping to avoid travel misery and delays this summer should carry out a few key checks before each long journey.
According to Protyre, giving the vehicle a quick once over can help prevent trouble en route to your holiday destination.
The independent tyre dealer network explained that caravans that have been sitting in storage all winter can often end up with flat tyres and urged owners to carry out an examination of their road-worthiness before they set off.
Drivers should check for lumps, bumps and cuts to the treads, as well as cracking or distortion on the sidewalls.
There should be a minimum tread of 1.6mm by law, but the company recommends having at least 2.5mm for safety.
"A particularly important aspect of tyre safety, often overlooked by owners, is the age of the tyres fitted to the caravan or trailer," Protyre said in a statement.
"In fact, determining the age of a tyre is simple and straightforward. A code is marked on the tyre sidewall with the first two numbers determining the week, with the third and fourth digits referring to the year of manufacture."
The firm, which recently partnered with Japanese premium tyre manufacturer Toyo Tires at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, recommends replacing tyres that have been on the vehicle for more than seven years .By Chris Malone
This was my first trip out in over 16 month Due to my multiple sclerosis
Peter held the concert at Rochester Castle, we arrived at 7pm and it was packed any way we found the Disabled area which i had a good view. Rob and I had a good time ;D
This next photo means a lot to me when Pete's brother came over to the disabled area loads of people spotted him first but he told then he was coming over to meet me first then he came up and met all the disabled first what a great Guy! ;D
Dartford Crossing fee suspension trial under fire The QE2 Thames bridge Dartford River Crossing Charges are meant to be suspended at times of "severe congestion" Continue reading the main story Related Stories
Dartford crossing fee suspension Concerns over new Thames crossing Dartford tunnel 'costs business'
Motorists say a trial of waiving charges at the Dartford Crossing when there is severe congestion has made no difference to traffic delays there.
Hauliers say the fees have not once been lifted in the first month, despite massive congestion.
They say the 10-mile-queue criterion has frequently been triggered in that time but the charges never dropped.
The Highways Agency says other criteria, such as vehicle speed in the queues, have not yet been reached.
The trial, which began at the beginning of July, is part of a traffic-management package for the crossing, which comprises a dual tunnel northbound and bridge southbound, linking Essex and Kent.
The Highways Agency proposes to raise road charges there from £1.50 to £2.50 in 2012, and in an effort to reduce the most severe congestion in the area, it says it will suspend charges "in emergency situations" during the experiment. 'Not slow enough'
The agency says this would not apply to "routine congestion", but to specific incidents, such as accidents.
It cites queues stretching back to junction 28 of the M25 on the Essex side or junction 4 on the Kent side as the trigger.
But Malcolm Bingham, of the Freight Transport Association, said the criterion had been reached several times since the trial began, but charges had not yet been waived.
"We've seen quite a lot of anger, particularly recently when promises are made and don't seem to be coming to fruition," he said.
Highways Agency regional director John Griffiths said although the queues had sometimes been long enough, the speed of traffic had not been below the 10mph required to waive the charges.
"We are trialling it, and then we need to refine it as we work our way through the trial. We will examine the analysis afterwards and work out what we need to do."
Consultation on the proposals run until 23 September.
The tolls has payed for its self over & again , The Tolls do not help with the major taffic jams