Tyres – It’s A No Brainer
It’s a beautiful summer’s day in June, perfect to pack a rucksack and head out for a lovely long walk. What shoes do you wear?
- Your brand new 5 inch stilettos
- An old holey pair of ballet pumps
- A decent pair of trainers
It’s a no brainer really and this is how you should think about the tyres on your car.
Although tyres may not be at the top of your list of things to talk about, they are very important to the health and well-being of your car. Did you know that dangerous tyres are responsible for more than 40% of vehicle defect-related deaths? No neither did I. Something you take for granted, isn’t it? And worn tyres increase braking distance by up to 10 metres.
I love my car. She’s a beautiful soft-top Citroen in green, we’ve been together for many years and her name is Muriel. Muriel and I have been on lots of driving adventures together. Muriel always has new tyres when she needs them, never part-worn, always new. There’s not even a discussion to be had here. When I go shoe shopping, I buy new shoes and when I wear them out, I buy more new shoes. Muriel gets the same treatment. New tyres can last up to five times longer than worn ones and one third of all part-used tyres have serious forms of damage or non-compliance. Why would you even risk it? If you think you are saving money, you’re not, you may have to replace them five times in the same timeframe of a brand new tyre.
So if you are going to be out and about this summer in your car, here’s a handy tyre checklist for you –
- Check the tread on your tyres. You can do this by taking the 20p test. Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit. You should do this on at least three locations on each tyre.
- Ensure your tyres are properly inflated.
- Take a look at the overall condition of your tyres. Check for any cracks, lumps or bumps. I’ve had a nail embedded in my tyre that caused a slow puncture, so keep an eye out for anything embedded into the surface tread.
- Don’t forget to check your spare tyre for all of the above. Muriel’s spare has been used many time and she’s perfectly happy running around on her spare tyre until I get her a new boot.
I’d also add to the checklist, get yourself a decent extendable wheel brace. It makes changing your tyre so much easier.
Going back a few years, my family and I were going on a road trip to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. We were travelling in Muriel and she got a puncture. I pulled off on to the hard shoulder and my dad jacked Muriel up with a view to changing her tyre to the spare. The wheel brace that came with the car was of very poor quality and wouldn’t grip the wheel nuts. In a moment of frustration my dad threw the wheel brace into the bushes on the side of the motorway and we called the AA. Long story cut short, bye bye rubbish Citroen wheel brace, hello new high-quality extendable wheel brace. We all had a ride in an AA truck, as Muriel had to be towed off the motorway. Happy birthday Dad! That’s a gift experience that money can’t buy.
Since I bought my extendable wheel brace, I have used this on a number of occasions on both my car and others. A valuable piece of kit.
If you are worried about your tyres, visit Point S, the leading independent tyre dealer network. They work hard to offer the most competitive tyre prices on the market, alongside great service. Although no-one enjoys spending money on maintaining a car, they think it’s important to do so, not only for yourself, but also for others on the road too. I completely agree.
You can use their online service to select and reserve your tyres and then arrange a time to visit a local dealer for them to be fitted. Easy peasy. You’ve got no excuses why you shouldn’t fit your car with some shiny new tyres when she needs it.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Point S.
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