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Make sure your tyres are safe this winter

January 9, 2013

Another cold snap is on the horizon and all drivers are responsible for the maintenance of their tyres.

Please take a moment of your time to read our simple rubber and type maintenance guide to give you an insight of how to stay sage this winter.

Ensure tyres are to manufacturers recommended pressures (when they are cold). Correct tyre pressures are critical and are particularly relevant when travelling on wet or icy roads, cornering, heavy braking, or prolonged periods of high speed (motorways etc). Also, when carrying heavier than normal loads.

Tyres require a legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference. As 1.6mm is nearly bald, we would suggest no less than 3mm. Also check for damage, cuts and excessive wear.

Each tyre is a separate offence carrying a minimum of 3-penalty points, more than one defective means the vehicle may well be seized.

Look for cracks or wear on windscreen blades should they not clear the screen properly.

Many car manufacturers have decided to stop supplying vehicles with a spare tyre, instead fitting them with do-it-yourself repair kits.

Read and watch about it HERE.

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