By Denna Bowman
Vehicle owners are being urged to give their cars a spring clean from the tyres to the paintwork, to keep them roadworthy and in good condition.
Motorists are advised to clean off the effects of a bitter winter by washing their cars and looking for signs of wear-and-tear to tyres, according to the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).
The RMIF explained that dirt can build up unnoticed during the winter and as the weather starts to get warmer it is vital to remove the grime.
Sue Robinson, director of RMIF, said: ‘Give your car a once-over to see if there is any obvious need for repair.’
The underside of the car may have suffered most of all during the winter months. Salt, snow, chemicals and grit can become lodged in the underside and wheel arches.
To avoid corrosion, any dirt should be removed and it is best to hose down the entire underside.
Tyres will also need consideration. The legal requirement for tyre tread depth is at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference.
However, motorists may not have thought to check this during the winter months, and they may be driving with illegal tyres without realising.
Make sure you have the recommended pressure in all your tyres, including the spare. It is advisable to check this with a gauge as soon as possible. Poorly inflated tyres cause uneven tread wear as a minimum and can adversely affect the other tyre on the same axle. Imbalance of tyre pressures will adversely affect handling and braking performance.