The Importance Of Car Tyre Safety & Matintenance


Car tyre safety has always been really important for us, after all, if your tyre is worn down, you are at a higher risk of having a blowout, or even crashing your car as they will not have a good grip on the road. Since having our children, we check or tyres even more than we did before, after all our main priority in life is our children's safety - especially when in the car. It took us ages to decide on a good, safe car seat for both the girls. I remember Sam and I searching and reading up for hours. We found good safe car seats that had the right safety regulations but that is all for nothing if the car isn't safe too.

In our family, Sam is the driver. He takes care of the car, and it's maintenance, that being said I still do know quite a lot about the car, its tyres and the importance of checking them regularly. It takes just a few minutes to check your tyres, and once you get into a good habit of doing so, it becomes less of a chore. You need to make sure the tyres are at the correct pressure, and they have the right tread depth, these two things are vital to our safety while we are out on the road. Did you know you can get up to a £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points per tyre if they are not maintained properly - taking those few minutes to check the tyres can save you that fine.

While checking your tyre's tread sounds like it would be a difficult thing to do, it is actually really simple and you can use a twenty pence piece to do so. Simply place the 20p coin into the main tread groove of your tyre. If the outer edge of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit. If it is not you should get it checked by a professional. If you prefer you can buy a tread depth gauge, I think they are about £3 or £4. We have one of these, and it is kept in the glove box of the car, so we are able to check the tyres regularly.

The legal limit for a car tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, however, Sam doesn't let his get any less than 3mm, purely because the performance of the tyre begins to reduce significantly. Our tyres are very important, after all, they are the only contact between the road and the car, they also provide steering and breaking. The tread patterns help to disperse surface water from the road which can cause a car to aquaplane. We are often driving on little lanes, as Sam's family live in the middle of nowhere, so for us, it is even more important that our tyres are kept within the limits of the manufacturer.

Regularly checking your tyre pressure is important too, each car has a different guide line for tyre pressure, you are able to find this in your car's handbook. Making sure your tyres are inflated enough will not only improve the handling and stopping distance of the car, but also save you money on petrol or diesel.

As the tyres get to the end of their life, it is best to look around and compare prices to make sure you are getting the best deal. Even though tyres can be pricey, I assure you they are worth every penny. www.tyreplus.co.uk are a brilliant place to check out if you are looking for tires, not only do they offer the best price on tyres as they buy in bulk, they also have a network of over 700 fitting locations meaning they are never far away from you. Our favourite thing about tyre plus is they are able to fit your tyres at home or work. They have a mobile tyre fitting service, so they can come to you, and fit your tyres while you get on with your day - brilliant hey?

So next time you are popping out to the shops or wherever you may be going, don't forget to stop and take two minutes to check your tyres.

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