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Take care of your tyres!

The same recurring problems have caused vehicle breakdowns during the months of February and March on National Highways’ motorways and A-roads over the last three years, according to new research from National Highways.

Tyre issues top the table for breakdowns during those months, with 5,934 incidents in 2021, 7,095 in 2022 and 7,762 last year.  

Problems with tyres range from punctures, emergency brake damage and driving at speed, which increases the risk of damage and misalignment.  

Driving with tyres that are even as little as 10% under-inflated makes your braking distance longer, can make your vehicle harder to steer, uses more fuel and shortens the lifespan of your tyres.  

Wear and tear is also a factor: if the tread depth is below 1.6mm, you cannot legally drive on the roads and must have your tyres replaced. National Highways has tips to check your tyres here.  

Loss of power and an empty fuel tank make up the top three reasons why people broke down on motorways and A-roads in England during the same periods between 2022 and 2023.  

The figures are revealed as National Highways launches its spring TRIP campaign to encourage drivers to plan their journeys in advance, including carrying out all necessary vehicle checks as well as factoring in rest stops before they set of on any long or significant journey.   

The acronym TRIP stands for: Top-up – fuel, water and oil; Rest – every two hours; Inspect – tyres and lights and Prepare – plan your journey ahead and check the traffic and weather forecasts.  


Published On: 22/02/2024 14:00:00


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Middlesbrough logistics firm supporting ex-Armed Forces community with employment opportunities

Ward Bros Malton Ltd (Ward Bros), a key name in the north east logistics sector, has signed the Armed Forces Covenant: a pledge by businesses and organisations to acknowledge and honour the dedication and sacrifices made by members of the armed forces, both past and present, and their families.  

“We recognise the unique skills and experiences members of the armed forces community can bring to the workforce and we’re fully committed to offer them meaningful employment opportunities and career development at our depots in Middlesbrough and Malton,” said Steve Ward, Joint Managing Director of Ward Bros. 

“It’s a great feeling to be among the first cohort of Palletways members to sign and I’m hopeful it’ll encourage others to do the same.” 

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