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London is such a beautiful place to live and to visit. There are some amazing, places that you can travel to and you absolutely should see. Travelling by car in London isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem though. As wonderful as this part of the UK is, you do have to be mindful of how busy the roads can get. Places such as New Kings Road and Henleys Roundabout can be particularly difficult to pass at certain time of the day.
Staying safe on the road is impossible with tyres that aren’t up to scratch. Here are a few major points to consider when looking after your tyres;
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.
Under-inflated tyres can wear out quicker than if they were correctly inflated. Not having enough air in them can have an effect on 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 as well.
Over inflated tyres can also be dangerous, as it can mean that tyres wear out quicker than they should. Over inflated tyres also reduce traction on the road as it deforms the shape of the tyre, reducing the footprint on the road.
Old tyres –
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.
Sometimes tyres can perish with time, so even if your pressure and tread are looking good they may still need a little attention. The safety of yourself and your passengers is paramount, it’s essential that you check your tyres for wear and tear on a regular basis.
Tyre tread –
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 fine as well as points for each tyre that isn’t up to scratch.