Tyres can be easily overlooked, but they’re crucial to your safety and your horse’s (when they are travelling in a horsebox). That’s why we don’t horse around when it comes to tyre safety.
New law on horsebox tyres
Owners of HGV’s and horseboxes over 3.5 tonnes must check their tyres. As of 1st February 2021, tyres older than 10 years are no longer legal for use on front steered axels. Additionally, the date code on the tyres must be readable. This legislative update aims to improve the safety of vehicles. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have advised that owners and drivers are responsible for their vehicles’ safety and must carry out the relevant checks. Failure to do so may result in a prohibition notice if a horsebox is inspected by the DVSA.
Why you should check your tyres
Tyres should be regularly checked for several reasons. For example, you must check that the tread depth is at least 1.6mm or you could face a fine for driving on bald tyres. Secondly, it is recommended that you check air pressure at least once a month as tyres can lose air pressure over time which can cause excessive wear. Conversely, over inflated tyres can also be dangerous as they may reduce traction which increases breaking distance and wear on the centre of the tyres. The correct air pressure for your vehicle should be found in your manufacturer’s handbook.
You must also regularly inspect the general condition of your tyres no matter what age they are. Look for signs of tears and bulging and never drive on a tyre that is in poor condition. Checking and maintaining your tyres reduces your chance of tyre related accidents such as blow outs and flats. Inadequate trye condition can affect handling and result in terrible accidents.
These factors are especially important for both your horsebox and, if applicable, the vehicle which is towing it. This is because you have additional weight to manage which can exacerbate any of the above concerns. For these reasons, you should carry out a thorough inspection of your tyres and general horsebox condition before every journey.
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