How often do you check your tyres? Do you know what to look for when you do? In our house car safety is paramount. Even more so now that we have two little people in the car with us. That’s why this week we’re teaming up with TyrePlus, to highlight just how important tyre safety is and to share exactly what you should be looking for when it comes to road worthy tyres – it’s time to #TestYourTreads!
Checking your tyres –
Having previously worked in a garage, my husband is very car savvy. He takes pride in looking after both of our cars, making sure that they’re safe for our girls to travel in them. After a recent check he found that the tread on my tyres was getting a little worn, so he took it straight to the garage for a set of shiny new wheels! It’s so important to check your tyres regularly, in case you’re a little unsure here are a few things you need to be looking for:
Correct tyre pressure –
If you don’t know what the correct tyre pressure is for your car you should find it in your manual, or by doing a quick google search of the make and model! If your tyres aren’t inflated correctly, the feel of your car can change dramatically. It has a direct effect on how well your car grips to the road, meaning under inflated tyres can put all of your passengers in unnecessary danger.
Did you know that under-inflated tyres can wear out quicker than if they were correctly inflated? Not having enough air in them can really effect how economically your car runs. Making sure they’re at the right pressure will not only increase the safety of your car, but it’ll save you money too!
Tyres looking tired –
As with most things in life, after a while things can begin to look a little tired. Everyday use takes its toll on your tyres and you might find that they get damaged along the way. If your tyres are looking a little worse for wear, it’s probably worth investing in a new set!
Tread depth –
Car tyres have tread on them to help them grip well when the road is wet. The minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm. This has to be consistent around the entire circumference of the tyre and across the middle three-quarters of breadth. If your tyres don’t have enough tread your car isn’t safe for use. Not only that, if your caught with tread below the minimum depth, you could be in for a hefty fine as well as points for each tyre that isn’t road worthy.
Stay safe –
Heading out with tyres that don’t meet the right standards is a sure fire way to put yourself and others in danger. So if there’s only one thing you do today, make it heading outside to check your tyres!
TyrePlus have put together this fabulous infographic including vital information you need to know about tyre safety!
*This is a collaborative post.