Easter is just round the corner and if you are planning on driving abroad for a skiing holiday you should start thinking about making sure your tyres are safe and legal.
Safe tyres can significantly reduce the risk of a car accident, because they will be able to tackle sub-zero weather conditions and cope with icy, snow-covered roads.
Heavily laden cars require a good level of tread depth and correct tyre pressure in order to maintain traction and deal with the perils of driving in snowy mountain regions.
A common mistake made by vehicle owners travelling abroad is not checking tyre pressure when the car is loaded up with luggage. This can dramatically affect the result of the air pressure test.
You have to take into account the heavy skiing equipment and extra passengers you might have on board which – these can lead to a build-up of heat inside the tyre as it strains to perform under the additional weight.
This could eventually result in a blowout, putting yourself, passengers and other road users at risk.
It is also a good idea to check the legal requirements for tyres in your destination country – and those you are passing through – in order to avoid costly penalties or invalidating your insurance.
Denna Bowman, Head Office