Have you checked your tyres recently?
Statistics from the Department for Transport show that poor tyre condition including defective, illegal or under-inflated tyres are the second most common cause of crashes, the first being defective brakes.
As a nation, we don’t usually expect lots of snow in winter anymore, but sometimes we get caught out and it arrives with a vengeance!
If you’re one of those people who have to still go to work in the snow, you’re going to need to make sure your tyres are in excellent condition.
You don’t want to become part of the above statistics, especially not at this time of year.
Tyres are checked when a car has an MOT, however, you still need to regularly check your tyres throughout the year and even more so in the winter.
It may feel like a lot of work to keep your tyres maintained but with today’s technology, it’s never been easier. You don’t even need to leave your house! When you are ordering your tyres online always make sure you think about getting them fitted professionally. You can go online and get your car tyres at an economical price from Jet Wheel Tyre. Often people forget that it is not such an easy job for a layman to properly fit, balance and align new tyres and this can detract some of the savings earned by buying tyres online.
Tyre Tread Depth
Tyre tread depth is the most important factor when it comes to your safety. The tyres are the only point of contact with the road and having the correct depth ensures your vehicle gets the grip it needs.
Having a good grip on the road is essential, especially when braking, cornering and over-taking.
Good tyre tread depth also makes sure your stopping distance isn’t reduced if you have to brake suddenly.
Tyre Pressure Matters
Having over or under-inflated tyres will have a negative impact on the tyre tread depth.
Not only will the tread be worn down faster, but there’s also the possibility that you will lose grip or even have complete tyre failure.
Over-inflated tyres increase the possibility of having a blow out because the tyres aren’t flexible enough to cope with uneven road surfaces.
As an added bonus, ensuring correct tyre pressure will help reduce fuel consumption, thereby saving you money on fuel costs.
Check For Tyre Damage
Check the tyre sidewall for any signs of damage such as bulging or cracking.
The sidewall absorbs most of the stresses the tyres have to withstand which means they’re very susceptible to cuts, scrapes and punctures.
The chances of damage increases if your tyres are under-inflated.
Taking a few moments each week on tyre maintenance will ensure you and your family will be kept safe throughout the winter months.
This is a collaborative post.