Going Away For Christmas? Make Sure to Check Up On Your Tyres!

By Swindon Link - 10 December 2021

Travel

As Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year, here are some tips for taking care of your tyres this festive period.

For the winter break, many of us have even started planning our long festive journey in advance. To ensure that you’re travelling along with safe tyres, we would recommend our readers to get a free tyre safety check beforehand.

Continue reading for some essential winter tyre care tips before heading out for the winter festivities.

Checking Your Tyre Tread:

Winter roads are usually covered with ice, snow or rain. For driving safely on such road conditions, it is imperative to have tyres that offer a better grip. It should be kept in mind that tyres with a firm grip offer better braking and steering handling as well  - just what you need for safe winter driving! In the UK, minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and there is a penalty if your tyres are found to be illegal. Therefore, if your tyres are not according to the legal limit, visit your nearest garage and make sure that your tyres meet the safety requirement.

Make Sure to Have Enough Air in Your Tyres

A properly inflated tyre improves safety and proves to be more economical than an under-inflated tyre. By keeping your tyres properly inflated not only will you reduce your running cost but also ensure your safety on wet and icy winter roads. The optimal pressure for your tyres is usually mentioned in your owner’s manual. So, visit your nearest garage and get your tyres properly inflated before going away for the holidays.

Safe Driving During Winters

Before setting off on any journey, make sure to check up on the following areas as well:

  • Brakes
  • Car Engine
  • Batteries

Firstly, make sure to have a good level of brake fluid as it acts as a lubricant for all movable parts that are associated with the brakes.

Secondly, keep in mind to have enough engine oil in your car to avoid any unforeseen engine damage in winters. Thirdly, do not forget to check up on your car batteries so that you don’t find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere during a cold winter night!

Currently, if your tyres are not meeting the required safety standards, it’s better to replace them before heading out. Luckily through Headley Tyres, you can buy car tyres online in Basingstoke and enjoy amazing holiday discount deals!

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