If life is like a box of chocolates, UK weather is a bag of Pick ‘n’ Mix, you still never know what you are going to get – sweet or sour, sunshine or showers – although this week the Met Office is forecasting a very mixed bag during the coming days.
One thing is certain though, motorists planning long car journeys, a motoring holiday, a trip to the airport or even for family days out, must make sure their tyres can cope with whatever the weather has to throw at them.
Tyres checks must always be a priority, because during the summer months the weather can be very unpredictable, with heatwaves one day and flash floods the next, combined with the long distances covered and the added weight of extra passengers and luggage, which all affect your cars performance.
Fortunately, tyre checks, while arguably one of the most important motoring maintenance checks drivers need to carry out, are also one of the easiest.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, recommend vehicle owners ACT regular and following out the following checks on each individual tyre (including the spare):
A – Air pressures of tyres should be checked when the tyres are cold (i.e. travelled less than two miles) against the vehicle or bike manufacturers recommended settings.
C – condition of tyres should be carefully inspected, looking out for any cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre. The rubber should be inspected for any signs of uneven wear with any embedded objects removed.
T – tread depth is the final area of the tyre to be checked with vehicle owners advised to ensure their tyres comply with the UK’s minimum tread depth requirements of 1.6mm. As well as a reduction in road safety, failure to meet these requirements could result in a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
A few minutes spent checking tyres ahead of a long journey, can spare motorists hours spent stranded at the roadside if problems such as slow punctures, dangerously worn tread and incorrectly inflated tyres are spotted in advance of setting out.
etyres offers a nationwide mobile tyre fitting service, which means customers can have their new tyres fitted or punctures repaired at their home or work, sparing them the need to find the time to get to a garage or tyre depot.
Denna Bowman, Head Office