Winter Tyre Checks
Out of all your car components, it’s the tyres that suffer most from the stresses and strains of winter. When air temperature plummets or when conditions become especially treacherous, basic maneuvers like braking, steering and accelerating can become difficult and potentially dangerous. This is why it’s important to ensure your tyres are up for the job to prevent any accidents. So, what winter tyre checks do you need to carry out before and during the winter season?
Invest in Winter Tyres
The best way to gear up for chilly weather is to fit out your vehicle with winter tyres. These are especially useful if you live in a remote area or if you frequently make long commutes. Specifically designed to cope with the challenges of snow, ice, and dropping temperatures, winter tyres can dramatically reduce stopping distances and make your car easier to control. Handling and braking is also improved, thanks to the increased number of sipes. The flexible silica that comprises the tyre adapts easily to the reduction in temperature and means that winter tyres can be suitable to use as early as October. However, make sure you get them fitted a professional to guarantee quality.
Adjust Your Tyre Pressure
Ensuring your tyre pressure is fit for purpose is tyre safety 101. What you may not know is that due the slight difference in structure, winter tyres often need to be inflated slightly more than their summer counterparts. Scout out the required pressure for your specific tyres which should be written in the vehicle handbook or tyre information.
Performing a regular visual inspection of your tyres is a simple way to spot small issues before they become big problems. Check for lumps, bumps, cuts or bulges – the presence of any of these blemishes will need to be addressed immediately by a professional tyre specialist such as Watling Tyres.
Determine the Tread Depth
To maintain decent grip on damp roads, an adequate tread depth is crucial. Insufficient tread depth could result in longer stopping distances, aquaplaning and reduced grip. Use a 20p piece to ensure that your tyres’ tread depth is comfortably above the legal level of 1.6mm across the central 75% of your tyre, and also around the tyres’ entire circumference.
Consider the Rest of Your Car
Before embarking on a journey in the grip of winter, make sure that you’ve considered other elements of your car too. Ensure you’re fully topped up with antifreeze, fuel and oil and washer fluid. Also check that your lights are fully operational – ending up on a dark road with broken lights is nobody’s idea of a good time. Guides such as this Guide to Driving in Winter (please note – clicking the link will initiate download) can help ensure that you’ve covered all the necessary checks for your car and that you’re prepared for winter driving.
For high quality winter tyres for any brand of car, Watling Tyres can expertly supply and fit products to suit your requirements. With 15 branches across the UK and a mobile fitting service available too, we offer a truly convenient service for motorists – whatever the weather. To find out more about our tyre care services, simply get in touch with our team today.
Guide courtesy of Sainsbury’s Bank – Money Matters