Weather conditions are expected to be mild over the New Year holiday, however motorists should not be complacent if they are planning long journeys, warns etyres.
Making sure tyres are properly inflated and have at least the legal minimum tread could save drivers time, hassle and money if they want to avoid breaking down during the holiday weekend, according to the UK’s leading online tyre company.
Failure to maintain the tyres could results in motorists being stranded by a roadside waiting for an emergency rescue van or messing up their clothes trying to fit the spare tyre in the dark.
The first step to minimising the risk of tyre trouble is to carry out an inspection of the vehicle tyres ensuring they have at least the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.
They should also be properly inflated. Many vehicle manufacturers specify that tyre pressures should be increased when the car is fully laden with passengers and luggage.
If the pressures are not adjusted accordingly and the tyres run under-inflated, excessive heats builds up inside the tyre. This significantly increases the risk of a tyre blowout which can have catastrophic effects, particularly at high speeds on motorways and main roads.
Details of the vehicle manufacturers recommended pressures can be found either in the vehicle handbook, inside the fuel filler cap or on the driver’s door sill.
Motorists should also look for signs of cracks or bulges and nails or sharp objects embedded in the rubber. These are likely to come out and lead to a blow out.