As a Mum and girl (I hate to say that) I’m not that clued up on cars. I bought my larger Nissan Qashqai before I had my gremlin as knew it would be safer than my Micra. But other aspects of looking after a car, I’m not that hot on. If my tyre needed changing I’d be slightly stuffed and hubby is always nagging at me to check my tyre pressure. A little help needed please! So read on for some serious car tyre fast facts in this guest post:
1 – Tyre Wear
Wheel alignment plays a big part in tyre wear. Check yours if you go over speed bumps or kerbs on your trips and remember to have it looked at after the first few thousand miles in a new car.
2 – Speed Rating On Tyres
The last letter of a car tyre code is its speed rating. Only sports cars need a V or above and most of us can do with S, T or U code which is ideal for driving on roads.
3 – Tyre Brands
Brands do matter to mums. Top quality car makers, such as Hankook, Firestone and Kormoran will last that bit longer than cheaper alternatives, meaning that you save money in the long run.
4 – Tyre Pressure
Short trips to town or on the school pick-up run mean that tyre pressure needs to be checked less regularly. However, it should not be left for too long, because under inflated tyres cause problems with both braking and steering.
5 – Tyres Online
Apart from finding solution to basic tyre related problems, mums can even buy tyres online now! Point S has a nationwide network of the best tyre dealers with complete details available on their website. Buying tyres could not have been easier for mums!
6 – Proper Inflation of Tyres
Tyres that are filled with nitrogen, by the likes of tyre experts, can last longer since they are less corrosive. Nitrogen in the tyre simply replaces the oxygen which allows them to last longer.
7 – Effect of Tyres on Fuel Efficiency
Over and under inflated tyres makes your car less fuel efficient. As such, always adjust the pressure to the manufacturer’s recommendation and don’t be tempted to over inflate in order to last longer between sessions at the garage.
8 – Compatible Tyres
All tyres must be compatible by law. This does not mean that they need to be the same make and model, but they are required to be able to work together.
9 – Tyres and the Law
Part worn tyres are perfectly legal in the UK, but most mums avoid them because of the inherent risk they pose for drivers and their passengers. According to tyre experts, part worn tyres must be properly labelled as such by the seller.
10 – Seasonal Change
Winter tyres are a great option for those of us that drive around regularly in snowy or icy conditions. Not only do winter tyres offer a great deal of traction on snow and ice, due to their additional sipes, but they are also able to work better at lower temperatures, thanks to a different rubber compound.
Disclosure – This is a collaborative post written alongside Ross from Point Tyres