I was approached by Point S Car Tyre Dealers asking if I’d like to help them raise awareness of the importance of car maintenance and safe travel. Now being a newish mummy, I thought, yes, this is something that is important to me. It’s not something that I would have thought I’d write about, but as with everything, when you become a parent your first thought is a combination of “when can I sleep?” and “is that safe for my baby?”. Well, of course cars can be very dangerous machines if they don’t stop in time…. So legal tyres are vital to all of our safety, and I have a tyre checking trick up my sleeve, which I’m sure you’ll all LOVE!
As a family, we spend a lot of time in the car, as do many of our friends. We?live in Gloucestershire and obviously drive quite a lot both doing our holiday road trips (such as this to Cornwall), trips to friends such as in Oxford and family up north too. We need our cars and our licenses. We need our family to be safe.
6 reasons tyres should be maintained properly:
- Perished or damaged tyres may fall apart or explode when you’re driving along, which could be very dangerous.
- Worn tyres won’t grip the road properly and could skid on wet roads, or in ice and snow.
- Tyres with insufficient tread can increase your breaking distance.
- Driving with defective tyres can result in super hefty penalties like a fine up to ?2500 and three points on your licence.
- Tracking can be knocked off by pot holes and can also cause tyres to wear unevenly again impacting the tyre’s safety.
- Your car could fail it’s MOT…. And that’s a huge hassle!
Checking your tyres
- The tread depth should be checked regularly to make sure it’s above the legal minimum (1.6mm in the UK in April 2016)
- You should check that your tyres are properly inflated, as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Over inflated tyres can affect your stopping distance. Under inflated tyres will cost you more in fuel.
Tyre tread checking tip
Why not use this tip we saw on TV ages ago…?
Take a 20p piece
Place it in the grove in your tyres
If the raised part of the tyre is higher than the rim of your 20p, your tyres are safe, if it’s within that rim, you need new tyres!
Road safety is vital to all of us; as car owners we’re reliant on our cars and keeping and want them to be?safe for our own family travelling as well as?anyone around us, but we’re equally reliant on other road users maintaining their cars safely too. Point S have tyre dealerships across the UK and we’ll certainly?be looking to them when we need new tyres on our cars. Their website is so easy to use and it’s so simple: input your registration number and see all the information you need for your?car….. simple!
I hope you found this a helpful post next time your car needs some new tyres 🙂
Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Point S, however, all opinions are my own, and all advice and facts within this post should be checked against the relevant authorities and other sources.
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SassyApril 13, 2016 at 8:54 am
You got me at the 20p tire tip! I’ve never heard of this before, but it really is a fantastic tip! Thanks so much for putting out there! Your collaboration post was also very interesting and insightful 🙂 xxx #BloggerClubUK
RACHEL BUSTINApril 13, 2016 at 9:43 am
I honestly thought it was the 10p tyre tip! thanks for putting it right for me xx
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Petite PuddingApril 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm
Thanks for a great tip – I shall be checking ours before we head off on our next road trip #BloggerClubUK
GiannaApril 15, 2016 at 7:18 am
Some really useful tips! I’ll certainly be checking mine now! #thelist xxx thanks x
Becky, Cuddle FairyApril 19, 2016 at 8:49 am
Great, informative post lovely! The coin trick is a great one to check your tyres, I have never heard of that one! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #bloggerclubuk x
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helen gandyApril 19, 2016 at 10:43 am
It is so important to be aware of these things isn’t it! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst
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Jason @tassiedadApril 24, 2016 at 11:08 am
Hmm… I must go and get my tires changed. We don’t have 20p coins, but if we did, I reckon mine would be right on the line. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS
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Sarah- ArthurwearsApril 24, 2016 at 11:09 am
Informative post thanks – I did a similar collab with point s last year about car safety, so easy to forget some of the important points! #KCACOLS
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Mommy's Little PrincessesApril 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Great tips and such a handy 20p trick for checking ones tyres. Xx #KCACOLS
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BreadApril 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm
That’s a great tip and I don’t even drive. There are some suspicious looking tyres around here though….#KCACOLS
mainy - myrealfairyApril 25, 2016 at 8:51 am
Great tip, I had heard about it before but wouldn’t of remembered exactly what I had to do to see if it was legal, thanks for reminding me:)
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tracey bowdenApril 25, 2016 at 9:28 am
I used to use this trick all the time when I had a car it makes it really easy to know when they need changing doesn’t it!
Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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Allyson GreeneApril 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm
Basic car care and maintenance is so important! As a Daddy’s girl my Dad made sure I knew the basics and then some! And my kids will know the basics before they ever get a car! If you’re an American we use a penny, if the tread doesn’t cover any part of Lincoln’s face then your tread is bad. #KCACOLS
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John StoneOctober 6, 2016 at 10:28 am
I have worked with tyres for a very long time now and I hadn’t come across that 20p trick, its going to save me some fumbling around the tool boxes next time I cant find our depth gauge!
Thanks for the excellent post Lynn! Really well Written!