Admitedly, there isn’t a massive call for snow tyres and chains in the UK during the winter, but that doesn’t mean motorists don’t have to worry about prepping their tyres for the coming months.
With the bad weather on its way, vehicle owners should definitely expect and be prpeared for the worst.
Here’s a few tips to make sure your tyres and handle the heat (or lack of it) this winter:
Make sure your tyres have plenty of grip – the minimum legal limit is 1.6mm, but it is best to replace them long before they reach this stage (at around 4mm) so you don’t compromise on grip.
Always follow your car manufacturers recommendation for tyre pressure and check them once a fortnight so that you don’t go over or under. Properly inflated tyres give you the best control over your vehicle.
Watch out for ‘aquaplaning’ – when your tyres lose all grip and slide across lying water. If that happens (you’ll feel the steering go eerily light) don’t turn the wheel or slam on the brakes, just tap your brakes and wait for until you have regained control of the vehicle before attempting to steer.
Denna Bowman, Head Office