Anyone who knows me will know that driving is not ‘my thing’. I was never concerned with passing my driving test until I was a lot older than 17, and pregnant with my first child. It was only the thought of taking a pram on a bus that prompted me to learn, and since passing my test I’ve never really enjoyed driving at all. Longer, unfamiliar journeys are always a source of anxiety for me, and I tend to obsess over getting lost, breaking down, or running out of petrol! As funny (or annoying) as this is for my husband, I don’t actually think that my fears are a bad thing. There really are many things that can go wrong when you’re behind the wheel of a 7 seater 4×4, so my caution is probably a good thing! In particular, I’m always worrying about the state of our car tyres, and I tend to ‘go on’ (apparently) about the important of tyre safety too. But it’s important! Here are three reasons why you should be taking the importance of tyre safety seriously too.
Unsafe tyres cause accidents
Around 20% of accidents on UK roads are cause by unsafe tyres. If your tyres are worn, you won’t have enough friction in order to brake properly should you need to. And if you can’t brake properly when it really matters, the results can be serious. Is it really worth putting yourself and others around you at such risk, when a simple car tyre safety check is so easy to do?
Check for minor signs of wear regularly- look for signs of bulging, cuts and tears. Take your car to the garage if you find any of these signs. It’s also important to consult your car’s handbook to find out what level of inflation is required- an under inflated tyre is also very dangerous and can lead to a blow out if left untreated. Ultimately, don’t put it off if you need new tyres. Get your car tyres near Basingstoke at Headley Tyres and protect your peace of mind.
You’re not insured if your tyres are illegal
A staggering percentage of UK drivers simply do not realise that illegal tyres (those with a tread depth lower than 1.6mm) invalidates your insurance- so if you’re involved in an accident, your insurance company will not pay out. And if you’re pulled over and your tyres are checked, you’re in trouble. These rules exist for a reason!
You can easily check your tyre tread depth with a handily named tread depth gauge (or ask your local Basingtoke garage to check for you!). Its important to always check the tread depth in three different places on each tyre, plus check the tread wear indicators found between the grooves of the tread too- this can be a handy indication of how ‘healthy’ your tyre is and how much wear is present. If in doubt, ask a professional to help- there are plenty online if you google Basingstoke garages.
Tyres that are worn are significantly less safe and lower the performance of your car, meaning that if you do find yourself in a tricky situation or having to drive in hazardous circumstances, you may not be able to manoeuvre your vehicle sufficiently. The thought of this terrifies me! If the idea of not being in control isn’t enough, then perhaps the thought of those worn tyres costing you ££££ is?
Unsafe tyres: failed MOT
Unsafe tyres means that your car is simply not road worthy. Not only does this mean you risk endangering yourself and others, you risk being pulled over by the police, footing the bill if an accident occurs, AND your car will fail it’s MOT. That’s quite a collection of bad karma right there! All you need to do is learn how to keep your tyres in tip-top condition, check regularly so you know when you need to replace them, and stay vigilant to wear and tear and accidental damage. The alternative can be costly, in more ways than one. Visit the Tyre Safe website for more comprehensive details on how to perform safety checks, and why its so important.