I am not a car person. Ask me what car I have and I shall say ‘A blue one’. The idea of maintaining a car panics me. But that is not the attitude to have because I get into the car everyday and drive our family around in it. Yet, in all honesty, I provide more maintenance to our dishwasher than I do to the car. Especially the very tyres it uses to take us from A to B.
So, when the tyre company Point S contacted me to help raise awareness about the importance of maintaining tyres, I happily accepted. If anything, I believed it would encourage me to take more responsibility for my own! Listed as one of the top causes for a road accident, tyre blow outs are avoidable. Modern technology has helped in reduce the statistics of accidents caused by poorly maintained tyres, but that has resulted in many of us becoming complacent. The majority of us don’t know how to maintain our tyre safety, and even more of us are clueless about how to handle a car if a tyre does indeed rupture.
Why Should I Check My Tyres?
Aside from the safety aspect for you and your family, it is actually seen as an offence if your tyres are not up legal standards. A tyre’s tread should measure at least 1.6mm. If it were to measure below this and you were unfortunate enough to be in an accident, then you would face hefty fines, points on your driving licence and your insurance company would most likely refuse a pay out. When you think about it, your tyres are the only point of contact with the road’s surface. All aspects of driving, such as your acceleration, speed, steering and cornering all rely on that relatively small amount of road space.
How Often Should I Check My Tyres?
Your car’s tyres should be checked on a regular basis, around once a month. It might sound slightly obsessive, but think about the amount of driving you do on a daily basis and you soon realise that once a month is a good estimate.
What Safety Checks Should I Be Carrying Out?
There are three things that you need to pay attention to with tyre safety. One being the appearance of your tyres, the second being traction of your tyres, the third being the air pressure.
Admittedly, tyres aren’t the most inspiring thing to look at but that is not what I mean when I say you should judge their appearance. You should be checking for any marks, tears, scuffs or foreign objects embedded into the tyre. Anything that may be a threat to the tyre’s function and a potential risk for causing a blow out (burst tyre).
If you find any wear & tear make sure to replace your tyres. There are a lot of companies that sell tyres online, companies like Point S. For example, if you live in or around Hertfordshire, Point S tyres in Hertfordshire can be booked online and you have shall have new tyres in no time, with no fuss. Which makes me happy because car maintenance feels anything but stress free for me usually!
The traction is the grooved surface you see on the outer part of the tyres, the surface that comes into contact with the road. You can check the traction of your tyres by conducting a simple experiment using a 20p piece. Simply insert the 20p into the tyre’s tread grooves. If you cannot see the outer band on the coin’s design then your tyres are above the legal limit. If, however, you can see the outer band of the coin’s design, then your tyres could be below the legal limit and be putting you at risk. You need to get a qualified mechanic to conduct an inspection for you.
The 20p test takes a minute, if that, to carry out. Once a month. I think we can all manage that for the sake of safety, don’t you?
90% of all vehicles are driving around without the correct Air Pressure.
Air Pressure refers to the amount of air that you have in the tyre itself. If you are unsure of the required tyre pressure for your car, then you can usually find the measurements in one of the following places:
- On the ledge inside the driver’s side door
- Inside the Petrol Cap
- In the vehicle’s manual
Air pressure is measured two ways, PSI (pounds per square inch) and BAR, which is the equivalent to 14.5038 PSI.
Most petrol garages have a machine which you can pay coins into to get air for inflating your tyres. The screen usually displays both measurement types and you press the buttons to key in your vehicles air pressure requirements. Simply unscrew the small cap on the air valve sticking out of the inner circle of the tyre, connect the air hose and the tyre shall begin to inflate.
Do NOT Take Risks
I can’t be the only person who maintains her household appliances more than her car? I bet that you’re reading and trying to remember exactly when you last checked your tyres? Maybe you are thinking that you got them done at the garage only a couple of months ago so they’re fine…. wrong. Remember, checks should be carried out monthly and only take a few minutes or less to do. If you are still unsure on how to do them, any reputable garage would conduct the checks for you, for free. It is about yours and your family’s safety. Don’t take the risk.
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