Proper Tyre Care In Summer

Summer weather in the UK can be unpredictable, to say the least. In recent years we’ve seen higher than average Summer temperatures and these hot spells can cause problems with our car tyres.
Whether you’re planning a holiday abroad or travelling around the UK, car safety checks, including tyre care, are a must to keep you and your family safe.

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Proper Tyre Care

Proper tyre care is very important, especially if you’re planning a long drive during the Summer months. You may be using your car for longer journeys than usual. The roads will be hotter and your car will be carrying heavier loads due to all the luggage a family takes when going away for a week or two. Ensuring you’ve made all the necessary safety checks on your vehicle before you set off is a must.

Tyres often get overlooked when performing routine maintenance. If you’re unsure as to whether your tyres are safe, you can always pop into a garage in Thatcham and have one of the professionals take a look for you.

Don’t forget to test the spare tyre when doing the safety checks and if you need new tyres, you can visit Headley Tyres to get tyres in Thatcham.

Maintenance Checks

If you’re happy to perform the maintenance yourself, here are a few things you need to check:

  • Tyre pressure – use a handheld gauge to check the pressure and make sure you know what your tyre pressure should be. This information can usually be found on a label inside the driver’s door or in the vehicle owner manual.
  • It’s important to check the tyre pressure when the tyres are cold. This is when you have travelled less than 2 miles or it has been 3 hours since your last journey.
  • Check for visible signs of damage, including worn tread, bubbles and bald spots.

You can check the tread depth to ensure it’s legal by performing the 20p test. Wet weather can be just as dangerous as hot weather. The tread on the tyres helps your car perform properly in wet weather.

Enjoy The Summer!

With a properly cared for vehicle, you can set off on your Summer holiday happy with the knowledge that you’ve done all you can to keep your family safe.

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