A two minute nonsense guide to car tyres care | #CP

I bet you didn't know that there are an estimated 37.7 million cars registered in the UK and that means that 1 in 2 people in the UK could have access to car! With regular adverse weather conditions in the UK it is essential that everyone with access to a car undertakes regular checks on their tyres. It is also shocking to hear that flat tyres are the top cause of all car breakdown calls outs!

Why you ask?

Well doing so could save you money, but more importantly checking your tyres can keep you and your car safe. With the above in mind, here is my no nonsense guide to looking after your tyres this spring and beyond:
  • Amend your tyre pressure to suit the load you are carrying, especially when you are making long journeys. Keeping a digital air pump in he car can often remove some of the hassle altering your pressure regularly can bring. 
  • You should check the tread on each tyre at least every two weeks; inspect the rest of the tyre to ensure nothing is untoward 
    • Check for any cuts, tears, swellings and bumps 
  • The legal basic tyre tread depth requirements is at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference
  • Even thought the legal limit is 1.6mm, they say to keep tyres at optimum safety and performance no less than 3mm
  • Ask a friend for  recommend tyre supplier or you can get tyres in Dagenham from Elite Direct Tyres 
  • Most new vehicles have safety systems than monitor tyre pressures. It is important that these system warning lights are taken seriously and corrected to ensure the continues to run and function correctly  
  • If you feel that your car is pulling to one side then it might mean that your wheel alignment is out of sync. This could be a result of your wheels hitting and kerb or pothole and if this has occurred then to avoid rapid wear then it is recommend that you visit your local garage 
  • Inspect the valves on your tyres as at high speeds, a cracked, deteriorated rubber valve stem can bend from centrifugal force and allow air loss
  • Don't forget to also run checks on your spare tyre also
  • If you don't have a spare tyre i recommend making sure keeping a puncture repair solution in your boot 
  • It is also worth having breakdown cover to keep your mind at peace. In severe weather condition anything can happen
Cheers for reading, please do let me know if you have any tricks or tips when it comes to looking after your car and tyres in the colder months. Also thank you to Elite Direct for helping me put this post together.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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