The Girl’s Guide to Car Safety*

Let’s be honest, many sectors of society grow up within the confines of personal stereotypes. For women, we can be seen as the weaker sex, somewhat materialistic, and terrible with cars. But who says we need to live within these restrictions!

I grew up with a fascination for cars. When I came of driving age I was fortunate enough to be able to take driving lessons and then pass in a car of my own. Though the story isn’t always the same for all of us, the joy of being able to drive, and the freedom that comes with driving is something that most people love about having that pink driving licence. The freedom to take off and explore is an amazing gift that comes after the hard work of learning to drive.

Yes, we’re taught how to drive from A to B, but unless you have a mechanic for a friend or family member, the lessons tend to stop there. Throughout my 7 years of driving I’ve had to learn some lessons the hard way, and others (thankfully) through others. So, if I can be a part of helping you to avoid some potential issues with your car then I am more than happy to be of service! And these aren’t only tips for those who have a car of their own. If you know anyone who drives, they should be aware of these things too: if their car is safe, then your journey should be safe too.

So, let’s go back to the basics and talk tyres. When you’re sat in the comfort of the car it’s easy to forget the fact that the only thing making contact with the road is your four tyres. They’re crazily important, so how can you look after them and make sure that they’re safe? Here are 3 important things to look out for with your tyres…

The Right Tyre

The first thing you need to be sure of is that the tyre is the right one. It sounds so simple that many people don’t consider this. Ensuring that you have the right tyre for your car is absolutely essential. A good car garage will be able to source the perfect tyre for your car with only a few key pieces of information, and many will fit them for you on site. Some companies, such as Point S, can even locate a tyre for you via their website. All you have to do is type in either your car registration number or tyre size to look up the choices of tyre brands available to be reserved for a fitting at one of their branches. You can book your car tyres at Point S with their simple reservation system… All from the comfort of your own home.

Tyre Pressure

You can’t always tell whether your tyres are adequately inflated just by looking but under-inflated and over-inflated tyres are something that you need to monitor. Having the correct tyre pressure will reduce the risk of you losing control of your car. Even if the results aren’t so drastic, you could be making irreparable damage to internal build of your car… which could mean large amount of money needing to be spent at a later date. For the sake of a few minutes, you should be checking your tyre pressure on a monthly basis.

Tread Depth

The tread depth on the tyre relates to the distance between the top of the tread to the grooves in a tyre. The more tread, the more grip your tyres will have in wet conditions. Though we’re in the beautiful Spring months if you live in Britain like I do, you’ll know all too well how quickly the rain can come, so it’s important it is to check your tread depth on a regular basis. The legal limit for tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm which is the absolute minimum that they should be. Generally the recommendation is to change your tyre when the tread depth reaches 3mm, which could already be affecting the safety of your car. Again, a fantastically easy way of reserving the correct tyre for your car is to visit the Point S website.

So how do you measure the tread depth? You can either purchase a tread wear indicator or use a 10p piece. The distance from the edge to the raised dots is perfectly sized at 1.6mm. Place the coin inside the tread, if the dots disappear, your tyre needs changing.

 

So there we are, quick and easy tips for taking care of your tyres in just 3 ways. Let’s break the stereotype that ladies don’t know much about cars… It doesn’t have to be complicated.

 

*This post is in collaboration with Point S Tyres. All words and opinions are my own.