As the weather turns colder, Stevenage FC and STS Tyre Pros have teamed up in a new initiative designed to make sure that all visitors to The Lamex are safer on the road this winter.
Whilst you’re enjoying tomorrow's game, STS Tyre Pros will be sending a team of experts to carry out free visual tyre inspections on every vehicle in the Fairlands Valley car park. They’ll leave a small report card indicating whether your tyres look perfectly fine, or if they would advise a closer inspection.
Tyres become increasingly important as the cold, wet winter draws in. The consequences of low tread levels, uneven tread wear or low tyre pressures can be much more serious in cold and wet driving conditions. Even though the legal limit is 1.6mm, a tyre’s ability to grip the road reduces drastically from 3mm and below.
Winter tyres can help to solve these problems and actually become more effective than summer tyres even at a relatively mild 7°C and below. At these temperatures, they will reduce stopping distances by 4.8 metres on wet roads and 11 metres on icy roads at 20mph.
Following Boro around the country on those cold winter weekends or to evening kick offs, everywhere from Carlisle to Bristol, can put plenty of wear on your tyres. Driving with unsafe or unsuitable rubber could put a severe dampener on even the biggest Stevenage win, so making sure your car is ready is a real priority.
Stevenage players visited STS Tyre Pros in Stevenage Old Town earlier in the year
Tony Smith, manager of STS Tyre Pros in Stevenage Old Town said: “The weather around the country is often unpredictable, but fitting tyres that can cope with it all significantly reduces the risk of something going wrong on the roads.
“The condition of tyres is something many drivers tend to forget between MOTs, so hopefully these free check-ups will remind Stevenage supporters to stay safe on their travels.”
The report the tyre team leaves for drivers will also enable fans to get £5 off per tyre when they visit a Tyre Pros centre and a further £10 off any brake work. Participating centres are in Stevenage, Royston, Biggleswade, Letchworth, Hitchin and Hertford.