Car Tyre Safety Month With Point S

Around this time of year, the cold begins to set in, the days become shorter and the weather generally takes a turn for the worse. Driving inevitably becomes a little different over the winter months and more care is needed when it comes to safely maintaining and using your vehicle. 

The tyres on your car are the only part of the vehicle which is in constant contact with the road surface. They play a vital role in ensuring Steering, braking and acceleration are able to perform as they should. There are some basic checks which you can make before starting any journey which will not only give you piece of mind, but also help to ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers.

Tyre Pressure
An incorrect tyre pressure can have drastic consequences. Not enough pressure will severely affect the handling of your vehicle making it unpredictable, especially at high speeds and can actually lead to a rapid deflation of the tyre which can have catastrophic consequences. Having the correct pressure will increase the lifespan of the tyre and can even help to reduce running costs of your vehicle as there if less force needed to move an adequately inflated tyre.

Tread Depth
By law, any tyre on your car needs to have a minimum of 1.6mm tread depth. This tread is essential for the removing water from the contact point of the tyre and the road. In wet conditions, steering, braking and acceleration can be seriously affected if there is not enough tread on the tyre. Tread is so important that failure to meet the legal minimum can result in a £2500 fine and three points on your license for each illegal tyre.

Visual inspection
It is good practice before starting any journey to have a thorough visual check of all the tyres on your car. You need to look for any obvious signs of damage or objects which may have penetrated and be stuck in the tyre. You should remove any embedded objects and if you notice any cracks, bulges or cuts then consider replacing the tyre immediately.

These simple checks can and do prevent accidents but sometimes new tyres are needed. You can place your orders for car tyres on Point S online. Remember, the only thing between the road and yourself are your tyres. If you look after them, they will look after you.

- This is a collaborative post.

1 comment:

  1. Great advise, I have my test in January, but my fiance drives and I'm always checking our tyres, and keeping on at him to check the water oil etc xxx