Stay safe and legal with your tyres
Disclosure: this sponsored post was produced in association with Point S tyres, but all content remains genuine and my own.
With three young kids, we rely on our car a lot for getting around whether it is to our friend’s house, supermarket, visiting family or just going out for the day. The last thing we need is our car breaking down or risk it becoming unsafe for the road, which is why we get it checked and serviced regularly. Unfortunately for us, the last MOT revealed two of the tyres were below their legal limit. Not great for keeping the car in good condition and keeping my family safe on the road.
To avoid this happening to you, here are some tips for staying safe and legal with your tyres.
Check them regularly
Checking the tread depth of your tyres is not only one of the most important checks you should carry out, it is also easy to do.
Worn tyres mean that your ability to control your car is massively decreased and the one thing that is in contact with the road surface will not perform as it should. The current legal minimum tread is 1.6mm around the whole of the tyre. What I didn’t realise until recently is that you could be fined up to £2,500 and receive 3 penalty points per tyre if you are found to have any under the legal minimum. If safety doesn’t make you check them, maybe the potential impact on your wallet will!
What should you check?
Checking tyres is straightforward, but remember to do it when the tyres are cold – so before you go anywhere.
Firstly, make sure the overall condition is satisfactory by checking for any damage, bulges, cracks or nails around the whole tyre, which includes the sides. Look for uneven tyre-wear as well as this could be a sign of a problem. If there are bald patches or the tread has deteriorated in certain areas, it is worth asking for help from a reputable tyre expert as the wheel alignment may no longer be parallel.
The tread depth can easily be checked by using a 20p – simply insert the coin into the tread grooves and if the outer rim of the coin is still visible, they need replacing.
Don’t forget to check your spare tyre as well, even if you never use it.
Lastly, check the pressure of all tyres. I can never usually remember what the tyre pressure on my car should be, but it is easy to find out: usually, they are in the car handbook or on a sticker on the inside of the car door jambs. Having the correct pressure means that your tyres will not only be safer, but it will improve fuel consumption as well.
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