10 Things Mums Need to Know About Car Tyres

10 Things Mums Need to Know About Car Tyres
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:
Me with my new car before the gremlin came along!
My name is Ross and I’m a car safety expert. Reading, writing and learning something new every single day about cars are my passions. Mums, nowadays, work, maintain their homes, look after the kids, run all sorts of errands and what not! Listed here are a few important things all mums who drive must look out for!
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

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6 Comments

  1. May 19, 2015 / 8:24 am

    Oh my goodness, what a good idea for a post. My husband is a car nut and knows everything there is to know so I am lazy with what I need to know when it comes to my car. As he is away mon-thurs every week I really should know more just incase. Thanks for sharing #twinklytuesday xx

  2. May 19, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Good article, thank fully this is something I do know about, but like you, I have heard of people saying: "What type of Tyre do I need for my new car'. Some one will come a long and start giving a load of complicated numbers. That will go straight over their heads.

    It pays to do some research and to look in your owners manual, or failing that; get out and look at the numbers on the outside of the tyre. It will tell you what tyres you have and will need.

  3. May 19, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    I have the very unfortunate thing of not knowing a huge amount about cars (other than how to drive one), and even more unfortunate that my other half knows even less (he can't drive one!). So the pair of us together are rubbish and have to guess whether we are being ripped off in a garage! This is a fab post to keep us up to speed with what we should be checking. I am forever driving Zach around and I have to keep the car safe for him (and us obviously). Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  4. May 23, 2015 / 6:30 am

    Fan post! I am ashamed to say I know nothing about cars and I haven't even really taken the time to learn. I rely on my husband or father in law to check my car and I really should start looking myself as I use it so much! Great facts about tyres #bigfatlinky xx

  5. May 29, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    Great post! I'm a terrible guy and actually know nothing about cars. My cars blue. That's about it lol so this was great. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week

  6. May 12, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    My wife has never once owned or driven a car. We finally got her license and she has been doing really well at driving. She isn’t familiar with the car though and we are trying to get her up to speed on the various parts of a car. This has some good points on the tires and I think that it can help her know how they work, how to keep them in good condition, and what kind to look for if we ever need to get new ones.