Tyre Maintenance And Care

Looking After The Rubber

I don’t know about you but I always associate checking my tyres with winter driving, right? Be sure to check the depth, Be sure to check the pressures, but, that’s not the case at all.

Let’s say, for instance, you want to take a trip to Newbury, Newbury is a lovely small town in Berkshire. Though classed as a small town it does boast a great retail line up and beautiful landmark buildings, so yes, we have decided we are driving to Newbury.

Picture This

Downton Abbey

you arrive at the stunning Highclere Castle, home of Downton Abbey and you get a flat tyre, quite a few modern cars don’t actually come with a spare wheel, on some models it is an optional extra. You are miles from home and no spare, did you do the tyre maintenance checks?

Maintenance Is Key

It really is,  a few simple checks can save you grief.

Be sure to regularly check the tyre pressures all around, especially if you are planning on driving any distance ( day trips )

Tyre checks

Ensure the depth tread is not just legal but in good overall condition with no rips or tares.

Remember, regular checks cannot guarantee you won’t have a problem but it will drastically reduce the chances.

20P checks

Here is a handy trick, if you take a 20 pence piece and place it in the tyre tread. If the tread is below the lip of the outer edge of the coin, the tyre is below the legal limit.

tread check

Loads And Pressure

Did you know, if you increase the load on a car, you should also adjust the tyre pressure accordingly? Be sure to check either the vehicle handbook or the manufacturer’s website for the correct pressure info.

tyre label

Falling Foul

The law states it is the driver’s responsibility to check and ensure the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before every journey on a public highway. Defective tyres come with a fine and three points for each tyre. New drivers need only to have two defective tyres and they lose there licence. So, with this in mind, please remember to check the tyres daily and if you have any doubts, get them changed Even If you do not live locally, why not Book Tyres in Newbury with  Headley Tyres. The savings and state of the art tyre centre are worth the trip, add to that a tour of the Downton Abbey set, it would be a great day!

Thanks for reading and I hope this post will ensure you have a safe journey

 

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