Keeping your tyres safe this winter*

With all the driving home for Christmas (yes, Chris Rea has been on in the office this December!) you’ll be doing this winter, it’s really important that you keep your car safe and do what you can to avoid any accidents. Speaking of keeping my car safe, I still need to get my garage door sorted. This can be as simple as doing a quick google search into Tip Top Garage Doors – Charlotte (if you live in this area of North Carolina) and finally getting it sorted out. Repairs like these should be sorted before the winter months, but of course, I left it to the last minute. But better late than never as they say.

A very important part of this is keeping your tyres safe as cold and damp roads can dramatically affect the performance of tyres which increases your risk of having an accident. And don’t even get me started on the dangers of driving in snow and ice! A friend of mine suggested I take driving lessons from somewhere similar to this online traffic school california which teaches defensive driving that could help me when driving in snow and ice. Lucky me!

One of my friends who lives in Illinois was recently injured in a bad car accident and the other driver is claiming that it was caused by a fault with his tyres. The last time I spoke to her, she was in the process of contacting Noll Law Office in Springfield Il as she wants to file a personal injury lawsuit to get the compensation she believes she deserves. No one likes to think too much about being involved in a collision, but the roads can be treacherous at this time of the year, so please take care if you are heading out into the cold!

Here are a few tips for doing just that over the winter period.

Make sure your tyres have adequate tread depth

The minimum legal requirement for your tyre tread is 1.6mmm, however you should check your tyres when the weather starts getting colder and change them once they get down to 2mm.

If you do need to get new tyres why not book tyres from Point S online system? Simply enter your car model to find your tyres and your location to find tyre fitters near you.

Check your tyre pressure

Ensure your tyres are properly inflated at least once a month and always before going on a long journey. You can find your tyre pressure in your car’s handbook.

Make sure you always have a spare

Even if you don’t know how to change a tyre (I certainly do NOT!) you should still make sure that your spare tyre is all present and correct. Don’t forget the spare when checking the tread and tyre pressure. Someone may be able to help you change it if you get a flat and, if you end up calling your breakdown cover, they will be able to swap it over and get you on your way. You might even be able to get mechanical breakdown insurance ideas so you are covered from any future break down.

Consider winter tyres

Winter tyres perform better and provide better safety and grip at temperatures below 7 degrees, so if it’s given a harsh winter this is definitely something to consider.

Stay safe while driving this winter and share your tips for staying safe on the roads below!

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