You’ve probably guessed by now that I have holidays on my mind. Road trips, destinations that are further afield. If you follow me on social media you may know that I have already booked our first family holiday of the year which will be a camping trip to Cornwall.
One thing that I have touched upon previously, is that in the excitement of packing up it’s so important to check your vehicle. This is a topic particularly close to home given that our family car was out of action for the entire Easter holiday. So I’ve teamed up with a guest writer* to bring you her top tips for checking your car tyres, something that my father always used to impress upon me to do with my first car, and a habit that I have continued on a regular basis.
Thank you Jessica, take it away!
Have you ever wondered why taking care of tyres is important?
Good tyres that have been fitted expertly mean a vastly reduced risk of landing in trouble on the road. Old or worn down tyres are more liable to blow out or to suffer from inefficient running which can cause other headaches for your car. No time is good to face up to problems caused by tyres but especially not when you have the family with you in the car. If you are driving to your holiday destination via one of the channel ports, then why not get your tyres checked out by experts? No matter where you are travelling, keep your tyres in good working order. Here’s why:
One – Tyres Help You Brake
Without good grip, you cannot pull away well. What’s much worse from a safety point of view is that poorly fitted tyres mean you cannot brake properly. Facing some hazard on the road that you want to stop before you hit means having good tyres fitted. Without them, you just won’t be able to halt in time and you’ll be more liable to go into a skid, too.
Two – Tyres Help You Steer Properly
If your tyres are misaligned or not pumped up properly then your steering can feel quite spongy. This might not bother you when you are on the motorway, but on twisting country lanes it is much more of an issue. Good tyres will respond well if you need to swerve out of the way of a pedestrian or some debris in the road. Don’t underestimate how important they are for good steering.
Three – Flat Tyres Are Dangerous
Flat tyres mean you car runs inefficiently. On top of this, flatter tyres don’t offer the same level of grip that properly inflated ones do. If you are driving on under-inflated tyres, then you cannot manoeuvre as well. In certain situations, this can put you and your passengers in a needlessly dangerous situation. Do not compromise your safety – there are many places you can consider to help you with right tyres, for example Point S website allows you to locate a local depot across UK (Southampton, Manchester or other parts of UK.)
Four – Bald Tyres Get You Into Trouble With the Law
You need to have 1.6 mm of tread depth at every point of your tyres to be legal on the road in the UK. Okay, so your car’s tyres might comply with the law, but for how many miles more will they continue to do so? If you are travelling a long distance with your family or taking a trip into the EU where regulations sometimes differ, then you might need to consider upgrading your tyres sooner rather than later.
Five – Over-Inflated Tyres Burst
If your tyres are pumped up too hard then they will bow. In such circumstances, the weight of the car is not evenly distributed through the entire wheel. This puts lots of pressure on the part of the tyre that touches the road surface. It might easily burst as a result.
Six – Degraded Tyres Shred
Tyres with bulges in them are coming to the end of their lives. Even if the tread is good, damage to a tyre’s sidewall is a sign that it is going to fall apart soon. Before your tyre shreds at high speed change it for a new one!
What do you think about the tips above? Which is your favorite tip and how do you manage to keep your tyres safe? Please do drop a comment below!
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*this is a collaborative post, please see my disclosure page for more information.