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Important Car Tyre Checks for Yorkshire Drivers

Important Car Tyre Checks for Yorkshire Drivers

*This is a collaborative post.

 

Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire 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 the tricky driving conditions that you may experience.

Yorkshire is prone to adverse weather conditions, which can make travelling by car particularly difficult. Going up hill and down dale is never easy, even more so in the colder months. That’s why it’s important that you make sure your car tyres are in good condition. There can be sharp corners and roads without markings, as well as single track lanes to contend with. So having a good grip on the road is essential.

There’s nothing more dangerous than having to brake harshly, when your tyres aren’t in a roadworthy condition. If you are in search of car tyres in West Yorkshire – then you can book from Osset Tyre House.

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.

 

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Reasons Why I have my Car Serviced Regularly and you Should Too

Reasons Why I have my Car Serviced Regularly and you Should Too

*This post was written in collaboration with Calmac Tyres.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be able to drive. So when I reached my seventeenth birthday I made it my mission to pass my test as soon as I was able. In the end I was done and dusted within 3 months, I was that determined to get on the road! Being a car owner has a lot more to it that sitting behind a wheel though. Looking after your wheels is an essential part of car ownership and if you fail to do so, the chances are you car will end up failing on you.

I was taught how to complete basic checks and maintenance on my car from a very young age. I come from a family of vehicle enthusiasts and with two older brothers, I had a lot of help and direction when it came to maintaining my car. I then went on to marry someone who is very skilled in the car maintenance department, so over the years I’ve learnt a lot.

Getting your car an MOT –  

MOT stands for Ministry of Transport Test. These tests are to be taken out once a year on cars that are over three years old, to make sure that they safe and roadworthy. To complete the test, mechanics have a checklist of areas to examine on every vehicle. This includes emissions, tyre tread, lights and wiper function to name but a few. If you fail to get your car an MOT then you risk having your car taken away, you also put yourself at risk of a hefty fine.

My car is usually gets a service and an MOT around the same time. I use my car a lot and these days my girls spend a lot of time in it too, so making sure it is working as it should be is paramount. A very important check that is undertaken during an MOT is the state your tyres are in. Not everyone remembers to check their tyres, which can be disastrous – especially if they are too worn to be roadworthy. I’m always checking my tyres!

The importance of car servicing –

There are two kinds of of car servicing available, depending on how many miles you travel in your car on a yearly basis. I you do less than 20,000 miles per annum them it is advisable to get a full service done once a year. If you travel more than 20,000 miles though, then having an interim service halfway through the year is recommended.

What’s included in a full service?

A full service included a wide range of checks on your car, including some part changes that wear over the year:

  • Oil change and filter change.
  • New fuel filters on diesel engines.
  • New spark plugs on petrol engines.
  • Tyre checks.
  • Damage checks on brake cylinders, pipes and hoses.
  • Handbrake checks.
  • Removal of wheels and checks on the brakes.
  • Checks for leaks, wear and damage within the engine.
  • Testing and replacement of brake fluid.

This list is not exhaustive of a full service, but it gives a good idea as to what should be checked on a yearly basis. The mechanic carrying out the servicing should also take your car on a test drive to make sure things are sounding and running smoothly.

What’s included in an interim service?

As I said earlier, if you do a lot of miles in your car then you might also need an interim service to keep your car running as it should be. These half-yearly checks can include:

  • Checks on tyres.
  • Faulty lights.
  • Topping up your water, brake fluid and power steering fluid.

Again, this list is not exhaustive of all the checks that can be completed during an interim service. It does give a good idea of what should be looked at when getting this kind of service done.

Finding the right people to service your car –

It’s so important to make sure to get people you trust to service your car. You can get amazing car servicing from Calmac in Northampton. Centres such as Calmac tyres offer numerous different types of car services such as; diagnostic testing, MOT testing, welding and tyres. The best things about Calmac is that they have all of the latest machinery and technology enabling them to work with all types of cars and vans.

Staying safe on the road should be a priority for every driver. Regular services are the best way to make sure that your car is in tip top condition. If you look after your car, then it will look after you!

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Learning to Drive – Why Getting Behind the Wheel Early is a Good Thing

Learning to Drive – Why Getting Behind the Wheel Early is a Good Thing

*This post was written in collaboration with TrackDays.

 

Ever since I was old enough to understand the concept of driving, I’ve couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel. With parents who have always been interested in cars and two brothers who could drive as soon as their feet could touch the pedals, it was inevitable that I would follow suit. The trouble when I was an early teen, was that there were very few places where I could gain driving experience. It just wasn’t a thing then, so I had to wait until I was old enough to get my provisional license, before I could really get to grips with a car.

As soon as my license came through, I stuck the ‘L’ plates on and was away! My parents sat by my side in the car for hours as I learnt the ropes. In the end I passed my test around three months after my 17th birthday, as I was so determined to get on the road. Even though I had a few hours of lessons from a professional driving instructor, I really believe that it was the hours I spent driving my own car that gave me such confidence on the road.

Getting behind the wheel early –

I know that I would have loved to have driven a car as a teenager, so when I found out about Junior Driving Experiences, I had to write about it. It would have been an absolute dream for me, so I know others would love to have the chance to begin driving sooner than their 17th birthday too. Whether driving is just a means to an end for a person or whether it’s a passion, there are so many benefits to learning to drive as soon as possible. Driving brings independence, freedom and prospects that every person needs in their life.

The benefits of learning to drive –

You’re ready – even if you don’t intend to take your test any time soon, learning to drive sooner rather than later will mean you are ready. You won’t have to worry about learning a new skill at an older age, because you’ll already know what to do. Forewarned is forearmed as they say and it’s always good to feel like you’re one step ahead.

It’s a lifelong skill and one that you will most likely cherish – now we all know people who don’t drive, who actually wish that they could. Don’t put yourself in this situation, you’ll only regret if you don’t do it!

Driving could widen your career prospects – even if you’re too young to have chosen a career at this time, having driving experience can only be a good thing. Imagine how much easier every work situation would be if you’re able to drive!

The longer you leave it, the less likely you are to learn how to drive. So start early and get comfortable with driving now, you won’t regret it and you’ll have heaps of fun along the way! 

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Car Maintenance – The Do’s and Don’ts of Keeping you Car in Tip-Top Condition

Car Maintenance – The Do’s and Don’ts of Keeping you Car in Tip-Top Condition

*This is a collaborative post.

 

Next week, Hubs and I are taking the girls on our first holiday of the year. The kids love going on holiday and now that they’re getting older, we’ve decided to push the boundaries and venture a little further than we usually would. The girls are quite good travellers and we’ve bought a whole host of in-car entertainment to keep them busy on the journey. So here’s hoping we make it to our destination with as little fuss as possible!

With a long journey ahead of us though, I’ve been thinking about our wheels and what maintenance we have to do before we travel. Hubs always gives our car the once over when we’re going on holiday, the last thing we want are any nasty surprises once we get on the road. The thing is though, car maintenance isn’t just important when you have a long way to travel. It should be something that’s always on your mind. A good car maintenance routine is essential to keeping your car in tip-top condition and it’s so important to ensure the safety of your family whilst your travel.

 

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Here are a few do’s and don’ts that you should be aware of if you want to keep your car in tip-top condition;

The Do’s –

  • Do check fluid levels regularly – this includes oil levels and washer fluid, among others. It doesn’t take long to check and doing so could be the difference between a hefty repair bill and the odd spend on a few consumables.
  • Do check your tyre tread and pressures often – tyres that don’t have enough tread, minimum 1.6mm, are not road worthy and could lead to you getting a fine and even points on your licence. Tyre pressure that are too low effect the stability and safety of your car, so these two should always be checked!
  • Do check your filters and change them at regular intervals – again, this could mean the difference between spending a fortune to repair your car if you leave them too long and just spending a few pounds to replace then when needs be.
  • Do get your car serviced by a professional regularly – a lot of people maintain their own cars which is fine, but they should also be looked over by a professional on a regular basis. Just in case there’s anything that has been missed by the untrained eye. You can book a full exhaust checkup at Iverson Tyres Garage, this will put your mind at rest, as you’ll know your car has had the best care!

The Don’ts –

  • Don’t let your car run too low on fuel – letting your car run too low on fuel can mean that the remnants left at the bottom on the fuel tank are pulled through your engine. This in turn can impact on the running of your car. For a car to run smoothly, always keep it topped up with fuel!
  • Don’t ignore any dashboard warning lights – it’s not uncommon for people to ignore dashboard warning lights as often the car will still appear to run as it should. Ignoring dashboards lights can end up costing you a fortune in the long run and most importantly could be affecting the safety of your car.
  • Don’t begin a long journey without completing a thorough check of your vehicle – checking a vehicle before you travel is a must. Even if it has been looked over recently, an extra look before you embark on your journey can help to ensure the safe running of your car.
  • Don’t drive your car recklessly – cars don’t like to be driven badly. Often it’s unsafe and it can have a serious impact on the general wear and tear of your vehicle. Cars are sure to last longer if they’re looked after, so treat them well!

 

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Five Things you Should Consider when you’re Planning a Wedding

Five Things you Should Consider when you’re Planning a Wedding

Any girl knows that planning a wedding is one of the most exciting things they’ll ever do. Many of us have been planning our big day for as long as we can remember, we’ve all been guilty of using a head towel as a veil! When your time does come though, there are so many things that you need to think about. In order to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible, you need to make sure you’ve planned everything down to the last little detail.

There are so many different types of wedding that you need to consider before you make any final decisions. Do you want a full day affair? Will you have hundreds of guests or just a handful? What colour scheme will you choose? I can guarantee you that these questions pass through the mind of every newly engaged couple. Before you get into the finer details though, there are a few decisions that you need to make early on in the game. Without these details being confirmed, you won’t have the foundations on which to build the wedding of your dreams.

There’s so much information available over at confetti.co.uk, that will help you to make the right decisions for you. For now though, here are five things that you should consider when you’re planning a wedding;

Choosing the right venue –

The right venue can make or break your wedding day. It’s definitely not a decision that you should rush into. You need to think about the season you’re getting married in, will it be warm or cold? Do you want to get married outside, or do you have an image of a grand hall, or maybe an intimate country house. If your wedding has a theme, it’s possible to find a venue that will match it. It’s a good idea to visit a few different types of venue, so that you can get a feel of the kind of wedding you’d have in each.

Choosing the right dress –

Choosing the right dress may be the most important thing for a girl to consider on her wedding day. Similarly to the venue, you need to consider the season you’re getting married in. Do you need to make sure your dress is warm enough for a Winter wedding, or do you need to make sure it’s cool enough for Summer celebrations?

These days wedding dresses don’t just have to be white, so it’s also a good idea to think about what colour wedding dress you would prefer. Maybe you’re having a themed wedding, or maybe you want to compliment the colour chosen for the bridesmaids and groom.

Another important detail of your dress to consider is whether you will wear a veil, a tiara or both. Always try on the different options available to you, choosing the right outfit is vital.

Choosing the right flowers –

Every wedding has flowers in one way or another. There are so many to choose from, in an array of beautiful colours and arrangements. You don’t just have to go with flowers that you’re familiar with, do a little research into what’s available and find out what magic your florist can work with them.

Choosing the right cars –

Cars are a really fun part of any wedding day. You might just want the one car, that will take you all to the venue. Alternatively you might want a couple of different cars to get you all there on time. Cars can be an important part of the day for the groom too, there’s nothing better than turning up in a set of really cool wheels. Take some time to consider what will suit you both best, that way you’re sure to make it a day neither of you will ever forget.

Choosing the right photographer –

Photographers are a key part of weddings. The day often goes by in a blur of happiness and excitement for those involved, so having a photographer to capture each and every special moment is essential for you to look back on the day. Some photographers work by themselves, others work in pairs. It’s important to consider how many photographs you want of the day and when you want them to start taking photographs. If you want to have photographs taken when both the bride and groom are getting ready, it’ a good idea to find a company that works in pairs.

Some companies offer extra special additions such as photo booths and props. These are great to look back on and encourage your guests to have fun on the day too. Therefore, it’s important that you consider exactly what you want from a photographer and what you want to look back on in years to come!

 

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*This is a collaborative post.

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Are your Tyres Road Worthy? It’s Time to #TestYourTreads!

Are your Tyres Road Worthy? It’s Time to #TestYourTreads!

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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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