There’s no denying we all know how important it is that our tyres are safe for driving. If there’s a problem with your tyres and you drive, not only could you find yourself in trouble with the police but you could cause an accident which injures yourself or someone else. Nobody wants to risk that so ensuring your tyres are safe is paramount but do you know everything you should about your tyres?
Kwik-fit.com is challenging your tyre knowledge and with their #TyreChallenge quiz. Do you know when you should use winter tyres? Where would you find the recommended tyre pressure? What’s the maximum distance you should travel on a spare tyre? Why not take the Tyre Challenge Quiz to find out how much you really know about your tyres and tyre safety.
I took the quiz and I have to be honest and say that it was difficult and some of the questions I had to guess which isn’t great, these are all things that I should know. My result was 7 out of 10 which isn’t bad but it does mean there are a few things I need to brush up on so I know everything I need to about tyre safety and advice. With winter fast approaching I have shared some winter tyre safety advice below to help you make sure your tyres are safe and suitable for the months ahead.
Consider winter tyres
Summer tyres don’t perform as well during the winter months and although winter tyres aren’t compulsory in the UK, if you live in a rural location or somewhere that receives a lot of snow during winter it’s worth investing in a set of winter tyres. These tyres are designed to handle the cold temperatures, snow and icy conditions which can be hazardous in winter but remember you will have to have a summer and winter set and change them as the seasons require.
Not specifically tyre related but it’s important to be prepared when driving during winter and this includes having items which you might need in an emergency. Items that you should keep in your boot in case of emergencies include a first aid kit, a shovel, hi-visibility jackets for all passengers, a torch, a blanket, a hot flask to drink (should you get stuck in snow or traffic), water and a few snacks. The UK does struggle when it snows heavily and last year there were occasions when drivers were stuck in their cars overnight so it’s important to plan for all eventualities.
Check your tyres, fuel and fluid levels before driving
Before setting off on your journey it’s important to check your tyres to ensure they don’t show any signs of wear and tear, you should also check that the tyre tread meets the legal requirement of at least 1.6mm. It’s important to also regularly check that your tyre pressure is correct, you can find the recommended tyre pressure in your cars owner manual.
You should also ensure you have enough fuel to get to your destination but take into consideration the fact you could be stuck in slow moving traffic if the weather is bad. Also check your oil, water and screen wash levels to ensure these are at a good level before you set off.
Clear your windscreen
As the colder mornings hit you will find yourself having to clear your windscreen and windows from ice and snow. Remember to give yourself enough time each morning to de-ice your windows as driving without clearing them is extremely dangerous and you could find yourself in trouble with the police or causing an accident.
Allow more time for your journey
Being in a rush can cause accidents so don’t rush and give yourself extra time to get to your destination when the weather is bad. It’s also worth checking local travel information to get up to date advice and so you know if there are any road closures or diversions.
I hope the above tips and advice prove useful and it helps you prepare for the fast approaching winter weather. If you take the Tyre Challenge Quiz I would love to know your result and if you learnt anything new from it.
*This is a collaborative post.