Monday, 11 March 2019

How Safe Is Your Car To Drive?

I don't know if you remember but last summer we were involved in a car accident on a visit to Holland to see my son and daughter in law. We were lucky that the car braked fast and we walked away with bruises. This was down to my daughter in laws quick thinking and the safety of the car. We all know that the car safety rules in Europe are so much stricter than in the UK, but did you know that there are some really simple ways to ensure your car is safe to drive in the UK?


You want your car to be in tip-top condition, especially if you are driving around with your family as passengers and an accident could not only injure your family but passengers in other cars too.  We have a quick safety check for you to check that your car is safe before you drive it.

Air leakage - Overtime the air valve stem of the tyre can deteriorate and you will slowly lose air from your tyre as you drive. where the tyre bead meets the wheel, it might not be sealed properly against the rim and it will also cause air to leak from the tyre. This is a common occurrence in areas where the road has been salted regularly.  You need to get this sorted straight away.

Tread - You need to make sure that the tread on your tyres is at least 1.6mm deep. That is the same size as the border of a 20p piece. So simply pop a 20p in the tread and if the border of the coin disappears into the tread, then you know you have plenty of tread. If your tyres are bald, you won't have any grip on the road and it can be catastrophic if you need to brake in an emergency. Also, make sure the spare tyre in your boot has a legal tread on it too.


Unbalanced Wheel's - If your steering wheel vibrates when you hit a certain speed on the motorway or your seat or floor vibrates when you are driving at a faster speed then your tyres will need balancing. This is easily done by going to a garage and they will ensure there is even distribution in your wheel and it will make the car drive smoother. Unbalanced wheels cause stress on your tyres and increase the fuel consumption of your car.

Nicks, cuts and bulges - If you have any of these on your tyres, you will need to have your tyres replaces straight away. These don't occur through normal wear and tear, they occur because the tyre has been damaged somehow. You can get cuts in your tyres from driving over potholes, uneven road surfaces and driving over stones, glass. Although the damage might not be visible straight away, it will cause long term damage.

Hydroplaning - This happens when water comes between the tyre and the road as you are driving. It is caused by under or over-inflated tyres, not rotating or replacing your tyres that need replacing. There is a higher chance of being in a car accident if the weather is wet and your tyres are not in good condition. Also make sure the tread in your tyres is at a legal size as explained above, because the water needs to be able to move through the tread to help prevent hydroplaning. You can find out more about your tyres from Elite Direct Tyres

Prevention is always better than cure, so if you make sure that you look after your car and that you correct any mistakes or problems as they happen, then it's going to ensure safety as well as comfort for the length of time that you have the car.

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