Car Tyre Safety: Are Your Tyres Safe?
It’s Winter, which can only mean one thing for us drivers – icy roads, freezing temperatures & snow! Now we have hit these colder months, it is particularly important that you routinely maintain your car. In turn, this will make it less expensive to operate & will help keep your family safer. One way you can ensure a safer drive is to regularly check your car tyres. With two young children, I spent a lot of time choosing car seats that were as safe as possible. However, I didn’t think about other car safety aspects, for example, the fact that tyres are what actually connects a car to the road. Our safety when driving is reliant on these small areas of road contact. Therefore it is vital that our tyres conditions are constantly monitored & maintained.
So, what can you do to ensure your tyres are safe?
Purchase Winter Car Tyres Online
It is highly recommended by professionals that you put Winter tyres on your car during the cold months. All vehicles are susceptible to icy & snowy road conditions, meaning poor grip & a higher rate of accidents. A set of winter tyres, however, should improve road grip. It is recommended that you put Winter tyres on in October through until April. This is when morning temperatures are generally lower than 7 degrees.
How to Find the Right Tyres Online
When it comes to purchasing new Winter car tyres online, there are many good tyre brands out there. This can make it difficult to know which ones you should purchase. Before deciding it is worth thinking about your own personal driving style, what you would expect from a tyre, the environment in which you drive & your annual mileage. You can research & also get new car tyres online at Jet Wheel Tyre.
Inspect Tyres For Damage
It is important to spend some time inspecting the entire circumference of each of your tyres. Look for any obvious damage, for example, cracks, bumps, cuts or bulges. If you find any damage then ideally you should replace the tyre. It’s also important to look for any stones or objects that may have got embedded in the tyre grooves. Screws or nails can cause punctures &, even if removed, can leave you with a slow puncture. If this occurs, it will need repairing. Sometimes the damage may not be obvious. If you have suspicions, for example after hitting a kerb or driving over broken glass, it’s best to ask a professional.
Check Tyre Tread
Tread is particularly important when driving in wet or icy weather as it helps prevent skidding & decreases braking distance. The less tread, the less grip. The legal minimum tread in the UK is 1.6mm. However, it is highly recommended that tyres are changed BEFORE reaching this depth. In fact, a tread of at least 4mm is recommended in Winter. A simple way of checking your tread is the 20p test. See here for more information on how to do this simple test.
Check Tyre Pressure
Every manufacturer assigns their cars a specific tyre pressure to ensure optimum safety, handling & fuel economy. It is vital that we stick to these pressures as under or over inflation can cause damage to our tyres & therefore unnecessary expense. It is such a simple task & can be conducted at either a petrol station or at home with a good quality pressure gauge.
What Else Can You Do to Prepare Your Car for Winter?
- Make sure your service & MOT schedule is up to date
- Check anti-freeze levels, screen wash levels & check your lights are working.
- Keep an eye on your car battery – to help your battery last longer, don’t turn lights / heaters / wipers on until you are running the engine. Also, as soon as your car is warmed up, turn the heaters down.
- Check your brakes – get them looked at by a professional & make any replacements necessary
By following the above advice, you will ensure your car is ready to withstand the colder weather & will help you to have a safe driving experience.