Anyone who knows me (mainly Sam!) will know how much of a worry wart I can be in the car.
I am a terrible back seat driver and panic about EVERYTHING.
My fears where actually realized one bonfire night. We had driven to the top of a nearby mountain with the hope of getting a good view of all the fireworks without standing out in the cold. After a few hours we began the drive back down.
Now, Sam had mentioned that week that his Tyre probably needed changing but would get round to it the following week when he had chance.
It was a rainy night and the roads where littered with fallen leaves, as we rounded a corner our car slipped and we began sliding towards the edge of the bank.
In my mind I knew we where going to crash. All of the kids where in the back of the car and my stomach turned over.
Thankfully Sam managed to break and by some miracle we stopped inches from a tree.
Safe to say after that we made sure to get the new tyres as soon as possible.
It is so important to check your tyres regularly and make sure they are the right fit.
I’ll share some top tyre safety tips below.
Checking Tyre Pressure
Under-inflated tyres are highly unsafe to drive on. If the tyre pressure is not managed the right way, the steering will not respond the way it should which can of course result in an accident. Also, with the increased rolling resistance that under-inflated tyres have – they even increase the fuel consumption of the car, so they are not just unsafe but also expensive.
Inspecting for Bulges or Cracks
Ideally during daytime, when there is enough light, you should inspect the sidewalls of tyres as better light exposure helps detect cracks or bulges in the tyre earlier on. Knowing that your tyre has a bulge or a crack is particularly important howsoever small it may be as these are one of most common causes of a tyre blowing out.
Checking Tyre Tread Wear
After a certain limit of tyre wear or tread depth, your tyre becomes illegal to drive on. It is a good idea to check the tyre tread regularly and you don’t even need fancy gadgets to do that. Tyre tread can simply be checked through a simple twenty pence test.
Checking Tyre Compatibility
You may go for different brands or sizes for the front and rear tyres, but they tyres must be compatible with one another! There are several MOT rules regarding this which must be followed. In order to get the best opinion on car tyre compatibility, its best to visit an expert; you can book an appointment with your nearest car tyre dealer through Point S UK and also find the best suited tyres by simply entering your car’s registration number.
I hope you found this information useful!