Saturday, 16 February 2019

Check Your Tyres Are Safe In The Icy Weather

Have you checked your car recently? With this cold and snowy patch of weather that we are having, it can make driving so much more hazardous. So it's important to make sure you have ensured that your car is roadworthy.

Probably one of the most important things to think about when you check your care to ensure its safe to drive in the adverse weather conditions is the tyres. In normal weather conditions, if you are travelling at 70 MPH, after you slam on the breaks in an emergency,  you won't come to a stop until 96 metres later. In the rainy weather, it is 192 metres from the moment that you slam on your brakes!
But the scariest of these stopping distance facts is when you have to brake in an emergency and there are ice and snow on the roads. Then it is up to 10 times the amount of stopping distance of braking in normal weather. You could find yourself braking hard in an emergency and actually coming to a stop a mile down the road. After reading the advice here, you may need to look at getting new car tyres.

We have written about car safety here before because although we were in a car crash in the summer, more accidents happen in the winter months. Check out this Youtube video to see the stopping distances and the scary results.



For this exact reason, you need to check your tyres over before you get in the car to make sure they are safe.

Tyre Pressure - This is important because under-inflated tyres will cause uneven contact with the road surface and not only damage the tread of your tyres but also cause the car to roll a bit as you are driving. This can be dangerous in the winter as you will have less control of the car. Over-inflated tyres will mean that the tyre is going to unevenly have contact with the road and cause braking to be a problem, even on normal roads. You can find the correct pressure measurements for your car by checking here. Also, make sure you check the tyre pressure if you are using your vehicle to carry extra weight than normal.


Tread - You need to make sure that the tread on your tyres is at least 1.6mm deep. That is the same size as the border of a 20p piece. So simply pop a 20p in the tread and if the border of the coin disappears into the tread, then you know you have plenty of tread. If your tyres are bald, you won't have any grip on the road and it can be catastrophic if you need to brake in an emergency. Also, make sure the spare tyre in your boot has a legal tread on it too.

Nicks, cuts and bulges - If you have any of these on your tyres, you will need to have your tyres replaces straight away. These don't occur through normal wear and tear, they occur because the tyre has been damaged somehow. You can get cuts in your tyres from driving over potholes, uneven road surfaces and driving over stones, glass. Although the damage might not be visible straight away, it will cause long term damage.

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