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.

First Day In A New Job

The first day in a new job can be daunting. Sometimes that only thing more nerve wracking is the run up to the main event. So many questions run through your mind. What should I wear? What should I take with me? Was I supposed to prepare something? These questions can be met with silence. Not the peaceful kind of silence, but the ‘what on earth am I doing’ type of silence.

I’ve been there. In fact, I’ve had six first days to date. From my first ‘proper’ job when I was sixteen to my latest first day in a new role about three months ago.

This blog post isn’t really about what I currently do for a job, or my journey in getting there, but trust me, I know the nervousness and frantic feeling that can encompass the days ahead of a first day. It’s surprisingly similar to the first day at school. No matter how many years ago this was for you, you’ve been there before… and you’re still living to tell the tale!

This post is to give you some tips and pointers that will (hopefully) ease some of the worries ahead of the main event. Here are Eight Top Tips to help you prepare:

1 Prepare Ahead of Time
Do what you can to prepare ahead of the day. This can be a simple task that gives you one less thing to think about on the day. You could prepare your lunch, put it into a lunch box and put it into the fridge. Choosing what you’re going to wear is also a great decision to make ahead of the day. Ironing your clothes and hanging them up so that they’re ready to go can save you a stressful thirty minutes in the morning.

2 Practice Your Route
You’d be surprised at how important this can be. I moved to a new city when I started my Internship a few years ago and decided to do this the day before I started. I’m so thankful that I did because had I chanced the journey the morning after, I would have arrived late and very stressed!

3 Research the Company
You’re likely to have started this step ahead of your interview, if that was the process. Your interview may have been weeks or even months ago, and a lot of this knowledge may have left your memory by now. Give yourself an hour or two to familiarise yourself with the company’s website, any recent stories in the news and any case studies on their website. You’re unlikely to be quizzed on this your first day, but there’s no harm in being over prepared, especially if your new boss is someone who likes to catch people off guard.

4 Take a Pad & Pen
Some companies are fantastic and will have your desk all set up, with pad and pen waiting. Others, are not so prepared. If you require a pad and pen to complete your work the company should provide this but don’t be surprised if this isn;t offered on your first day. Taking them with you will mean that you can start the day running, taking notes whenever you hear something that you want to remember.

5 Take Photographic ID
Usually you will be asked to take a form of identification with you. This could be a passport, driving licence or even birth certificate. If you’re asked for one, great, you;ll be able to provide them there and then.

6 Did They Ask You To Bring Anything Else?
Exactly as the question asks. Do you need to take anything else? If you can’t remember then a quick phone call or email to HR or your new manager will clear this up.Better to make a call and be reminded, then to turn up forgetting an important document that you need before you can start.

7 Relax the Evening Before
When you’ve done what you can to prepare take some time out to relax. How do you best do this? Take a bath. Watch TV. Spend the evening having dinner with your friends. Do what you can to relax and stay calm before you head to bed.

8 Be Confident
Guess what?… You’ve already got the job! That means that you must have done something to impress the company. Out of the many people that they interviewed they chose YOU. You can walk into your first day confident that someone chose you to be there.

Keep your head up, go ahead and enjoy your first day.