Throughout the UK there are a number of locations where driving can be particularly tricky and where the pressures on your car can become more intense. Winter, icy and wet roads, early morning fog and the dark evenings can all add to traffic pressure and pressure on our car tyres.
Basingstoke is the largest town in Hampshire and as such can have a huge amount of traffic congestion. Constant stopping and starting can add to the wear and tear of tyres. Sometimes Basingstoke is referred to as “Doughnut City” or “Roundabout City” because of the number of large roundabouts. Absolutely not the kind of place you want your car letting you down, is it? You can get tyres in areas like Basingstoke at Point S and actually it is really important that you do keep an eye on tyre health no matter where you live as this can cause so many issues if you don’t.
Car tyre safety for winter driving
So let’s talk about tyre health and tyre care because it matters greatly. Breakdowns and accidents are something we all want to avoid and paying attention to our tyres goes a long way in preventing these.
How to buy the right tyres
Buying the right tyres is really important bearing in mind the make of your vehicle, the weather and your driving environment. All tyres have to adhere to safety standards in the UK but better quality tyres will obviously give you better performance. I personally would always ask my local autocentre for advice and fitting.
How to care for your tyres
It is important to check your tyre pressure is right and maintained. You can see what pressure you are mean to have via a sticker inside the driver’s door. If there’s no sticker on the door or find the owner’s manual, these should be check ed at least monthly.
If the tyre is underinflated
Squeeze the air trigger in short bursts to inflate the tyre until the pressure on the gauge reaches the correct level.
If the tyre is overinflated
Release air by pulling the pump nozzle away from the tyre valve a little bit. You’ll hear a hissing noise as the air escapes. Do this correct tyre pressure level.
The minimum legal tread depth for a tyre is 1.6mm, however, most motoring organisations recommend changing your tyres at 2mm
Most tyres have tread wear indicators, which are hard, raised bars at the bottom of each groove. When the tread is level with these then they have reached their legal limit.
Tyres should be checked at each yearly sevice.
So I hope this helps a little. Do look after your tyres they really do matter.