Letters, Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Log on to better tyre safety

MILLIONS of cars in the UK are fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems, or TPMS, which monitor the vehicle’s tyre pressure and will alert the driver to over – or under – inflation.

 From the beginning of this year, a car displaying a TPMS fault when submitted for its MOT will result in a test failure.

 To save you from a stressful situation when you MOT your car, TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety association, has produced a simple video to help motorists understand the safety features of this technology.

 Although TPMS technology has been around for decades, its inclusion in new model vehicles has only been mandated in Europe since 2012 and on all new cars since 2014.

 This led to a gradual introduction into the market over a period of years and with little or no fanfare to help educate motorists.

 Our members have been telling us that they’re encountering a lot of customers who either aren’t aware of how these systems work (and need to be maintained) or just see them as an expensive luxury rather than the crucial safety feature they are.

 They make sure drivers know their tyre pressure when it’s most important – while they are driving.

 This is why we have produced a video:to communicate the importance of TPMS and how to use it effectively.

 You can watch the TPMS video on the TyreSafe website: www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/tpms or embed it on your own website through YouTube: https://youtu.be/6MAJRaW4Ti8

Stuart Jackson,

chairman of TyreSafe

Fit club to help pets shed pounds

THERE is still time for pet owners to enter their overweight pets into PDSA Pet Fit Club – the UK’s most successful pet slimming contest. But owners need to act fast, as entries close on Sunday.

 PDSA research revealed that four-out-of-five veterinary professionals had seen an increase in pet obesity cases in the last two years. And shockingly, 80 per cent of vets and vet nurses believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy weight pets in five years’ time.

 Obesity can contribute to pets developing deadly conditions that can cut their lifespan, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as debilitating conditions including arthritis.

 The good news, however, is that pet obesity is entirely preventable. And to help combat the problem, the charity has launched its annual fat-fighting competition, PDSA Pet Fit Club.

 Over the past decade, Pet Fit Club has transformed the lives of some of the UK’s most obese pets, helping nearly 100 animals shed more than 60 stone. So we are welcoming entries again and offering our expertise.

 Owners can enter their pets at www.petfitclub.org.uk.

 Don’t forget the deadline for entries is this Sunday.

Nicola Martin,

PDSA Head of Pet Health

Nothing rosy about the ‘halcyon age’

MANY old people tell me it was much better in the 1930s and 40s.

 They reminisce through rose tinted glasses about this halcyon age, however, I have my doubts.

 Many folk suffered from rickets, diphtheria, TB and mastoids in their ears.

 This must have been dreadful.

 They also had to eat tripe, liver and pigs trotters – whatever they were. Christmas wasn’t much better. If they were lucky they got an orange, an apple and a naff wooden toy soldier or doll stuffed in a sock.

 Can you imagine one of today’s children being happy with that?

 These days they want iPhones and iPads, and who can blame them?

 No, the old days weren’t up to much, it’s much better today so let’s move on.

Mick, The Pen, Brown